Persuasive Writing Prompts: 4th 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.

Fourth grade students can expect to see persuasive writing among their required essay assignments. This article provides some prompts for teachers planning lessons on persuasive writing.

Homework Limits

A new requirement from your school is going to be made in the form of two hours of homework, minimum, every night. What is your take on this rule? Provide some reasons why you agree or don't agree with it.

Students might write about how the new requirements will enrich the classroom and help to teach a subject. On the flip side, they might discuss how it takes away from other important areas of student life.

Animals in Captivity

Have you ever been to a zoo and observed how the animals behaved? Write your essay on the morality of keeping animals in zoo exhibits. Use details to convince the reader that your point of view makes the most sense.

Students might explain the need to keep certain species in zoos for the sake of their survival, or decide that zoos are completely inhumane and describe how the nature of zoos contribute to an animal's lack of well-being.

The Pledge of Allegiance

Many schools begin their day with the American Pledge of Allegiance. Is this acceptable in schools today? Depending on your side of the argument, give examples of positive effects of reciting the Pledge and how it can improve patriotic feelings. Disagreeing writers can mention the many reasons why students should not be forced to participate in the daily routine.

Pizza Every Day

Imagine that the school cafeteria has decided to begin serving pizza every single day of the year. How do you feel about this change to the menu? Consider the nutritional value of pizza and student morale when seeking to convince readers one way or another.

Students might talk about the loss of pizza as a novelty if it becomes a regular offering, or the nutritional value of pizza vs. other lunch items, such as salads and soups. Some students may lean towards the positive boost daily pizza could have on overall morale.

Teacher Resources

For more tips on writing essays and the writing process in general, check out the Writing Basics chapter of our SBA ELA Grades 3-5 test prep guide. It includes short, animated videos and practice quizzes to share with your students. Our courses can be completed on just about any device.

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