Nonfiction Genre Mini-Unit: Persuasive Writing

Should primary graders have their own computers? Should animals be kept in captivity? Young writers learn how to develop and support a claim in this short unit on persuasive writing.

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Instructional Ideas

  • The lessons can be used on consecutive days or spread out over several weeks
Pros

  • The packet includes a list of suggested topics, detailed plans for the entire writing process, and a list of persuasive texts that can be read during the immersion stage of the unit
  • The immersion phase introduces young writers to the varitey of forms they can choose for their piece
Cons

  • Some writers may need additional scaffolding for building their arguments and finding support