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

Length

1.5-2 hours

Materials

  • 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

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.WHST.9-10.1.A

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.

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.WHST.9-10.1.B

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.

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.WHST.9-10.1.E

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

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.WHST.9-10.5

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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