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Persuasive Writing Unit Plan

Instructor: Shanna Fox

Shanna has been part of the whirlwind world of teaching middle school for 20 years. She has a Master of Education degree in instructional design.

Build persuasive skills one step at a time with this unit plan. Guide your middle school students through their persuasive writing journey with content, ideas, and activities that will both challenge and engage them.

Persuasive Writing

Persuasive writing is a complex art. Middle school students already use persuasive skills, even if its simply convincing their parents to let them attend that Friday night party at a friend's house. However, they often do not know how to hone and apply these natural skills to craft strong persuasive writing. Throughout this unit, students will build one skill at a time, understand the terminology surrounding persuasive appeals, and end with a product they can be proud of!

Unit Preparation

To prepare for differentiation, there are specific techniques that can be used with struggling writers or those whose native language is not English. Consider reviewing Strategies for Increasing Student Writing Proficiency and Teaching ELL Students Persuasive Writing before beginning the unit.

Persuasive Text Basics

Students should have varied examples of persuasive text, in all its forms. The Persuasive Text Lesson Plan. An excellent way to ensure students are grasping the information is to have them engage in distributed summarizing. For example, after a portion of the lesson is completed, pause and provide time for students to recap what they've learned so far. They can do so in conversation with a partner or independently in writing.

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