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Persuasive Writing!Persuasive Writing!
Welcome to Writing Strategies!
Presented by Ms. Mayberry
Think Quick!Think Quick!
60 seconds to find as many “writing” words as possible
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r m r s l n x h b v d z c
o d a s h c d e k i m r t
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f s t y b u t a h e a l o
r t z p r s g u l k d g n
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a h k g l o v u r a o g r
d r a f t n i s p s d m y
Class RulesClass Rules
1. Pay attention and
2. Save questions for
3. Do not raise your
hand unless told to
4. Be respectful and
polite to all
Let’s Get to Know More about Each Other!
What is your favorite season? Why?
What will we learn today?
• to state the writer’s opinion
• to give reasons why the reader
• to convince the reader to take
CA StandardsCA Standards
All CA students are expected to know:
• W.5.1.2 - Create multiple-paragraph expository compositions: a.
establish a topic, important ideas, or events in sequence or chronological
order b. provide details and transitional expressions that link one
paragraph to another in a clear line of thought c. offer a concluding
paragraph that summarizes important ideas and details
• W.5.1.6 - Edit and revise manuscripts to improve the meaning and focus
of writing by adding, deleting, consolidating, clarifying, and rearranging
words and sentences.
• W.5.2.4 - Write persuasive letters or compositions: a. state a clear
position in support of a proposal b. support a position with relevant
evidence c. follow a simple organizational pattern d. address reader
Persuasive WritingPersuasive Writing
What is it?
A persuasive essay is one which tries to
convince a reader to believe what the writer
believes about a certain topic. It tells the
writer’s opinion and why the reader should
Write in your journal
about something that
you tried to persuade
somebody to do!
Writing StructureWriting Structure
What is included in a Persuasive Essay?
A Persuasive Essay will have the following:
• An introduction—grab the reader’s attention
and briefly tell what the essay is about
• A body—develop three or more main points,
each in a separate paragraph, with supporting
details and a closing sentence. Also, try to
anticipate the opposing argument, and refute it.
• A conclusion—wrap up the topic and bring the
essay to a satisfying close
Where do I Start?Where do I Start?
If writing to a prompt, read it carefully to
decide if it is a persuasive prompt. Look for
words such as convince, argument, opinion, or
If writing out of personal conviction, choose a
topic that is close to your heart and that you
feel passionate about.
Plan the EssayPlan the Essay
Organize your thoughts in a graphic organizer.
Use the graphic organizer to make sure you have
at least three solid arguments in favor of your
position, and that each one is supported with
Question Time!Question Time!
Outline and DraftOutline and Draft
Use your graphic organizer to create an outline.
The outline should include:
• An introduction—give your thesis statement
Ex.: Children should be able to watch TV
• Three paragraphs in the body—support your thesis
Ex.: 1) Children can see important people and their contributions first hand; 2) they can “visit”
faraway places; 3) they can be exposed to things they wouldn’t otherwise learn.
• A conclusion—tie it all together, give instructions if
Ex.: Parents should allow monitored TV watching for their kids.
Next, use your outline to draft
Look at how you organized your essay, and at
each paragraph. Does each paragraph have a
topic sentence? Do all the sentences in the
paragraph relate to the topic sentence? Does
each paragraph in the body support your
opinion in the introduction? Does the
conclusion tie it all together and instruct the
reader on what they should do now?
Proofread and Publish!Proofread and Publish!
“Do it right or Do it twice!”.
Then give it to your shoulder
mate for a second opinion.
Check your essay for
spelling mistakes, missing
capitals, or grammar errors.
Make it perfect!
Question Time!Question Time!
Quiz Time!Quiz Time!
Let’s See What you Learned!
1. The purpose of a persuasive essay is to:
a. To inform and explain
b. To tell a story
c. To convince the reader of something
d. To summarize what you just read
2. How many paragraphs are generally in the
body of the essay?
3. The introductory paragraph will state your
thesis, or your position on the argument.
4. A persuasive essay or letter can be directed
toward the following people:
a. The teacher
b. Your parents
d. All of the above
5. You paid attention through this lesson and
are ready to write your essay!
All Done!All Done!
Let’s Celebrate!Let’s Celebrate!
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Here’s a Cheer for You!Here’s a Cheer for You!
An Alligator “Alright”!A Hippo High-Five!
An Owl Hoot! A Cool Cat!
• By now you should have completed the
following lessons on Six Traits of Writing: 5th
Grade Writing Strategies
• Write a one page persuasive essay tonight on
why you should be given a free homework
pass for a day.
See you back next week to talk about Response to Literature!