Lesson Plan

Dear Librarian: Writing a Persuasive Letter

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Everyone deserves to read a great book! Here, pupils write a persuasive letter to the school's librarian detailing their favorite story and why it should be found on the shelves. Class members' persuasive reading passages are shared with their peers to recommend titles, as well as with the librarian to persuade him or her into adding the book to the library's collection.  

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas
  • Print out or display the rubric for continued reference while learners are writing 
  • Once assignments have been completed and shared, invite scholars to read books that spark their interest and share what they thought afterwards 
  • Display a list of class members' recommended books in the classroom or library 
Classroom Considerations
  • The lesson was created to follow the reading of Emily's Runaway Imagination by Beverly Cleary; however, it can also work well on its own or with another text selection
  • Schedule a time to visit the library and speak with the librarian about the process of buying books 
  • Worksheets open as editable copies 
  • A variety of extension activities are provided 
  • The lesson plan is clearly organized and detailed  
  • None