I introduced this amazing "Author's Purpose" poster set to my students yesterday.
Click on the picture above to head over to Mrs. Gilchrist's class for a copy.
I LOVE it! It explains the different purposes perfectly. I told them that in the next few days we would work on the different pieces of the pie.
Today's piece was about persuasion. After discussing what persuasion was, I had the kids think about how advertisements and commercials use persuasion. This really hit home for them. Of course I had tons of kids telling me about Video games, Sky Landers(???), Legos, McDonald's, etc.
Next, I gave them four topics to choose from for their persuasive writing:
1. Type of Food
2. Playing a certain game
3. Watching a TV Show
4. Reading a certain book
Time to write! I was not concerned about fixing their grammatical errors on this one(minus capitals and periods). I really wanted this exercise to focus on the content of the piece.
The kids did a great job on them!
Here are a few that I enjoyed:
Coincidentally, my husband is working on persuasive writing in his class this week too. Granted, their 6th grade version is a little more in depth than ours. They have to persuade the king(my husband) to give them a vote for Parliment. They also need to make sure to write it from the perspective of a colonist, depending on where they are from.
Not sure if my kids could handle that topic, so we will just stick with what we have. :)