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Persuasive Writing Prompts: 3rd Grade

Instructor: Adam Nystrom

Adam owns a Master's degree in Professional and Digital Media Writing. During his time as a graduate assistant, he developed lesson plans for upper-level English courses.

The Common Core writing standards for 3rd grade are designed to help students develop their persuasive writing skills by introducing them to opinion pieces. Check out the article below for prompts teachers can use to help their 3rd graders write these types of essays.

Best Relative

Your local newspaper or blog is ready to select the city's best relative. Think of somebody in your family, whether it be a close or distant relative, and demonstrate why he or she deserves to win this distinction. What are some of the qualities that make this person a great family member? What does he or she do better than relatives in other families?

Learning Cursive

Cursive handwriting is becoming less useful due to the increasing use of computers. What, in your opinion, should schools do about this? Are there still some important reasons for students to learn cursive writing? If you don't think so, should any requirements for handwriting be removed?

Celebrity Speaker

Your principal is planning to invite a famous speaker to address the entire student body on the characteristics of a good citizen. Write to the principal and give your suggestion for the person you most want to see at the presentation. What makes the celebrity qualified as a speaker, and what should he or she discuss? What has this person done in the past to demonstrate the qualities of a good citizen?

Cell Phones

Are cell phones okay to have in the 3rd grade? You can write your essay on why kids should be allowed to have them at all times, or why phones should be banned from class. What are the advantages of having a phone? What kind of distractions could be avoided if they were kept out of the classroom?

Persuasive Writing Resources

Both students and teachers can find persuasive writing resources in the Writing Basics and Academic Elements of Writing chapters of the Smarter Balanced Assessments ELA Grades 3-5 course. The video lessons can be used to help strengthen students' understanding of essay components. Practice quizzes are also available to test their mastery of such topics as outlines, essay introductions, transition sentences and conclusions.

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