Persuasive Writing Lesson for Kids: Techniques & Examples

Instructor: Lindsey Hays

Lindsey has taught Elementary Education, Spanish immersion, and ESL. She has a MS in Elementary Education with a BA in Spanish.

Persuasive writing is a way to get other people to believe something that you believe in. In this lesson, we'll look at strong persuasive writing strategies. Your goal is to learn how to try and convince others in your writing!

Making Change

Have you ever become fed up with something and wanted to make a change? Maybe you've thought that bedtime is too early. Maybe you've thought that vacation should happen more often. Persuasive writing is what you need to make a change!

When you use persuasive writing, you try to make a change in some issue that's important to you. The aim is to tell your opinion and try to convince other people why it's right. In this lesson, we'll look at characteristics of strong persuasive writing and how you can use it to persuade others.

Power of Persuasion

In order to write a strong persuasive argument, we need to first think about the audience and the purpose of our writing. Who is going to read our writing? What do we want to convince them of? Why are we writing to them?

Next, we need to think of the structure of our writing. We need:

  • A topic sentence that states our opinion in a clear way
  • Supporting details, including reasoning and examples showing why our opinion is best
  • A concluding sentence that re-states our opinion in a powerful way

An easy way to remember this structure is with the acronym OREO: opinion, reasoning, examples, opinion.

A persuasive essay is structured like an Oreo cookie--the opinion is the chocolate cookie on both the top and the bottom, and sandwiched inside is the cream filling--the reasoning and examples.

Using Persuasive Language

Persuasive language uses rich descriptions, draws on the emotions of the audience, and uses strong, affirmative statements. Such descriptions allow the reader to visualize and desire something more strongly. For example, when readers hear words like ''refreshing'' and ''delicious,'' it makes them want to try a product.

This Coke ad uses rich words like delicious and refreshing to convince you to drink Coke.

As we write our evidence and reasoning behind our opinions, think about the importance of an issue and why it should become important to your audience. We want to draw on the emotions of the reader.

Often, we can use statistics or issues in our world to make our point stronger. For example, ''Did you know that there are an estimated 132 million orphans in our world today?'' Naturally, the reader would feel saddened to know that there is such a crisis happening in our world, and that person would be more likely to listen to the author and do what they can to help.

And remember that we want to write with strong, affirmative statements. Some sentence starters include:

  • For this reason...
  • I am sure that...
  • In my opinion...
  • It is certain...
  • In fact...
  • As you can see...
  • That's why...
  • Without a doubt...
  • Therefore...

When you say a statement with certainty, it is easier for others to consider following your advice or opinion. We need to write like experts if we want to sway others!

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