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Introduction 5 minutes Gather the Dear Mrs. Letters from Obedience School picture book and the Op-Ed editorial section of the newspaper and ask students to come together on the carpet or other whole group reading area.
Display the newspaper section and ask if any one has ever heard of writing a letter to the editor to express an opinion about a concern. Discuss and explain those two terms to introduce the picture book.
Hold up the book and introduce Ike as a character with a concern who writes letters to try to change his situation.
Later we'll write our own letters about our own concerns. Ike will share his opinions in his letters that do not match the facts.
Explain that opinions are more about feelings than facts.
Read the story and ask students to give respond as you read Ike's letters by showing an O with the thumb and index finger for Opinion and a T with one hand on top of the other for True fact. Stop to ask students to look for picture clues that the author uses to help us figure out what is true fact and what is just Ike's opinion.
Think aloud that the newspaper articles helped the reader to determine what was fact and what was opinion in the story. LaRue to feel sorry for him. Explain the concept of persuasion as the point of Ike's letters; he was trying to get Mrs.
LaRue to bring him home.
Ask students if they can think of other ways to persuade others to do what we want them to do. Write responses on the board. Give the partner activity assignment: Think about something you want for your birthday.
Take turns playing parent and child to practice how to persuade your parents to buy you what you want. Circulate around the room to check for understanding and to answer questions that arise. Advanced students can craft an editorial to put in the school or city newspaper about an issue that concerns them.
Pair struggling learners with letter-writing mentors or allow the student to dictate the letter to the mentor or to you.
Assessment Use the letters to assess level of proficiency in use persuasion in opinion writing.
Review and closing 10 minutes Gather students and have them share completed letters. Ask students to show by nodding head yes or shaking head no if the letter writer convinced them to act on the concern.
Encourage writers to continue working on the letters to get more to agree to the changes proposed. Related learning resources Lesson plan Letter Writes: Persuasive Opinion Writing Students begin this letter-writing journey with a dog whose opinion is persuasively portrayed, and by learning that opinion is not fact.Literacy ideas for English teachers, students and parents to improve reading and writing skills.
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The goal of formative assessment is to monitor student learning to provide ongoing feedback that can be used by instructors to improve their teaching and by students to improve their learning.
More specifically, formative assessments: help students identify their strengths and weaknesses and target. Step 1: Explain to students that they will be writing their own persuasive business letter within the next day or so. Prior to doing that, they need to learn about them.
Using the transparency, show them the Business Letter Format printable.
Persuasive writing is a form of nonfiction writing that encourages careful word choice, the development of logical arguments, and a cohesive summary. Young children can be guided through a series of simple steps in an effort to develop their persuasive writing skills.
Qualities of strong writing instruction. In order for teachers to support all students' writing ability development, certain qualities of the writing classroom must be present.