When I first introduce persuasive writing I read my students the book Hey Little Ant. I love this book because it ends having the kid make a choice, should the boy save, or step on the ant. Once I have read the story to the class, we read some "ant facts" together. They then pick a side and write a letter to the kid sharing what they think he should do.
Once they have done that first piece, I like to share some other pesuasive books with them. Some of my favorites are:
|A little boy thinks there is a monster in his home, he tries to persuade the monster to eat her brother, not him.|
|Little boy Alex, writes letters back and forth to his parents about why he needs a new room.|
|Alex writes letters to his parents about why he should be able to have a pet iguana.|
When students write letters to me, if it is at all possible, I try to "grant" them what they are asking for (even if it is only a day.) If I am unable to do it, I do talk to them and explain why. I want them to feel that they were heard, since they took the time to write a letter to me.
How do you teach persuasive writing to your students? What are your favorite mentor texts to use for your persuasive unit?