Category Archives: Persuasive Writing

Pets in the Classroom ~ What’s Your Educated Opinion?

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Join the Great Debate:  Should we have pets in our classrooms?

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Offer Your Opinion:  Share your opinion on this poll prior to researching the matter further.

See what others think :  Using Debate.org, investigate what other people think on the topic:

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Educate Yourself: Watch this video Why Do Dogs Reduce Stress in Classrooms.  As you watch, think about the important ideas and information in the video. Take notes in your Reading & Writing Binder, capturing at least one reason and more than one piece of evidence that the video offers to teach us why dogs reduce stress in the classroom.

Go Deeper:  Study this informational text “Should You Have a Pet in the Classroom?”  Annotate the text, using your “notice and note” strategies.  In your Reading & Writing Binder, write a reason the article gives for why schools should allow pets in the classrooms, and write a quote from the article that explains that reason. Remember to quote directly so that you capture exactly what the text said.

Investigate the Counterargument: Study this Screen Shot 2014-08-09 at 9.30.13 AMinformational text Leave Animals Out of the Classroom, annotating the text as you read.  Choose one piece of evidence the author gives to support the central idea of the article and write it  in your Reading & Writing Binder.  Write to analyze how this evidence supports the author’s position on the topic.

Take an educated position: Researchers, you’ve done some good research now by studying this information and the ideas of these authors.  Now you’ll want to take a position on whether or not to allow pets in classrooms.  First, you’ll want to look over your notes, and the texts as well if you’d like, and decide, based on the best evidence from both articles, which side of the argument you’ll take up.

Then, imagine that you are writing an essay to send to the principal, clearing stating one side of the argument in a convincing way, and supporting that claim with strong evidence you’ve gathered in your research.  You’ll want to include information and details from the articles and video to support your claim.  Be sure to:

  • Quickly plan how you will organize this letter
  • Introduce the claim(s) and organize the reasons and evidence clearly
  • Support claim(s) with clear reasons and relevant evidence, using credible sources and demonstrating and understanding of the topic.
  • Use words, phrases and clauses to clarify the relationship among claim(s) and reasons, such as for example, for instance, in addition, moreover, furthermore, etc..
  • Maintain the formal style of a persuasive letter/essay.
  • Provide a concluding statement or section that follows from the argument.
  • Quote directly from the texts that you read and watched.

Put your best effort in your work and ENJOY the process!

Assessment:  Reading Information Texts and Argument Writing Performance Assessment.

Source:  The Reading and Writing Project

 

 

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Should We Raise the Titanic? Persuade Me!

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Last week, we wrote and edited our first persuasive writing paragraphs on the topic of raising the Titanic.  Our writing must include the following components:

  • a title
  • an introductory sentence stating our position
  • three supporting sentences (plus elaboration for an A grade)
  • a concluding sentence
  • proper grammar, punctuation and spelling

Click here for our persuasive writing evaluation rubric.

Click here for an interactive online persuasion map to help you organize your thoughts and map out your argument.

Here are our FIRST drafts.  Which one is most persuasive?

Arguments For Raising the Titanic

Arguments Against Raising the Titanic

Now, join the debate.  Should we raise the Titanic?  Vote here.

Join the Titanic Debate

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from http://www.titanicstory.com/debate:

“The discovery of the Titanic has caused great controversy and has divided many people. Some feel that the wreck of the Titanic should be explored while others believe that the ship should be left undisturbed. There are countless opinions on what should be done with the ship…”

Click here to read several viewpoints on what should (or should not) be done with the Titanic.

What do you think?  Express yourself on our  poll in our previous post. :)

Resources for “Finding the Titanic”

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We are reading the story Finding the Titanic and writing a persuasive writing on the topic.

Here are some fun online resources to improve our reading comprehension and writing skills… and just have fun as we learn about the Titanic.

Vote for the Most Persuasive Argument

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This week, we finished writing, editing, and typing our persuasive essays on the topic of raising the Titanic.

Our persuasive writing had to include a title, an introductory sentence that states our opinion, three reasons that support our opinion, and a concluding sentence that restates our opinion.  To earn an A grade, we also had to provide elaboration (evidence, examples, and/or facts) to support our reasons.

We are including all of our persuasive writing for you to read and enjoy.  The essays that include elaboration qualify for the the online Persuasive Essay competition below.  Please “express yourself” by voting on the essay that you believe is the most PERSUASIVE!

Persuasive Paragraphs Against Raising the Titanic:

Persuasive Paragraphs in Favor of Raising the Titanic:

Persuasive Writing ~ Should We Raise the Titanic?

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Last week, we wrote and edited our first persuasive writing paragraphs on the topic of raising the Titanic.  Our writing must include the following components:

  • a title
  • an introductory sentence
  • three supporting sentences (plus elaboration for an A grade)
  • a concluding sentence
  • proper grammar, punctuation and spelling

Click here for our persuasive writing evaluation rubric.

We are now preparing to type our writing.  Click here for the persuasive writing template.

Update at 3:10pm:  We just came from our technology lab, where we typed our persuasive writing paragraphs.   (Blue highlights indicate areas that need to be edited.)

Persuasive Paragraphs in Favor of Raising the Titanic:

Persuasive Paragraph’s Against Raising the Titanic:

Assignments that Still Need to Be Turned In:

  • Edgar Ar’s Persuasive Writing
  • Erik’s Persuasive Writing
  • Gerardo’s Persuasive Writing

Join the Titanic Debate!

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from http://www.titanicstory.com/debate:

“The discovery of the Titanic has caused great controversy and has divided many people. Some feel that the wreck of the Titanic should be explored while others believe that the ship should be left undisturbed. There are countless opinions on what should be done with the ship…”

Click here to read several viewpoints on what should (or should not) be done with the Titanic.

What do you think?  Express yourself on our  poll in our previous post. 🙂