Middle School Persuasive Writing

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Can't Complain? Writing About Pet Peeves
How can students express their complaints in articulate and constructive ways? In this lesson, students read the New York Times "Complaint Box" series and use descriptive and persuasive writing strategies to communicate their own pet peeves succinctly and productively.

Decoding text types: One of these things is not like the others
This blog explains the difference between opinion writing, persuasive writing, and argument.

Developing Persuasive Writing Strategies
This strategy guide describes the techniques used in effective persuasive writing and shares activities you can use to help students understand and use persuasion in their writing and critical thinking.

Don't Throw Away that Junk Mail!
Students use old junk mail to identify persuasive techniques used to attract and hold the reader's attention.

Logical fallacies
Definitions and examples of faulty thinking.

Making an Argument: Effective use of Transition Words
Students explore and understand the use of transition words in context and write their own persuasive essay using transition words. Includes printable handout. This lesson is designed for grades 5-8.

Movie Trailers As Persuasive Texts
This page is a resource for teachers who wish to consider using trailers to teach students about persuasive texts and techniques.

Persuade Me
Students analyze the persuasive techniques found in junk mail. Designed for grades 6-8.

Persuasive Writing: Beyond the Three Reasons
Nine learning activities to develop persuasive writing skills. Designed for middle school.

Persuasive Writing Prompts
100 prompts for a range from middle to high school.

Pictures and Slogans Persuade an Audience!
Designed for 6-9, this unit asks students to examine persuasive techniques in advertising.

Techniques of Persuasive Presentations — Ebony, the Elephant Calf
Students watch a short, downloadable video segment about elephants and identify the techniques used to persuade listeners to feel certain ways about what they see. This lesson is designed for grades 6-8. It includes support materials and a suggestion for assessment.

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