Persuasive Letter Lesson Plan

Instructor: Heather Jenkins

Heather has a bachelor's degree in elementary education and a master's degree in special education. She was a public school teacher and administrator for 11 years.

As students are learning about letter writing, understanding how to write a persuasive letter is an essential skill. This lesson includes a group activity to evaluate persuasive letters and a partner activity to create persuasive letters.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of the lesson, students will be able to:

  • identify the components of a persuasive letter
  • describe the process of creating a persuasive letter
  • evaluate the effectiveness of persuasive letters
  • write a persuasive letter


1.5-2 hours


  • Sample of a persuasive letter and a friendly letter
  • Copies of 'Letters to the Editor' from newspapers
  • Chart paper
  • Markers
  • Access to print/online resources (optional)

Curriculum Standards


Introduce precise claim(s), distinguish the claim(s) from alternate or opposing claims, and create an organization that establishes clear relationships among the claim(s), counterclaims, reasons, and evidence.


Develop claim(s) and counterclaims fairly, supplying data and evidence for each while pointing out the strengths and limitations of both claim(s) and counterclaims in a discipline-appropriate form and in a manner that anticipates the audience's knowledge level and concerns.


Provide a concluding statement or section that follows from or supports the argument presented.


Develop and strengthen writing as needed by planning, revising, editing, rewriting, or trying a new approach, focusing on addressing what is most significant for a specific purpose and audience.

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