Lesson Plan

Letter Writes: Persuasive Opinion Writing

Students begin this letter-writing journey with a dog whose opinion is persuasively portrayed, and by learning that opinion is not fact. Activities include partner role-play and the chance for students to write a persuasive opinion letter of their own.
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Learning Objectives

  • Students will be able to write a persuasive letter that expresses an opinion that addresses a concern.


(5 minutes)
  • Gather the Dear Mrs. LaRue: Letters from Obedience School picture book and the Op-Ed editorial section of the newspaper and ask students to come together on the carpet or other whole group reading area.
  • Display the newspaper section and ask if any one has ever heard of writing a letter to the editor to express an opinion about a concern. Discuss and explain those two terms to introduce the picture book.
  • Hold up the book and introduce Ike as a character with a concern who writes letters to try to change his situation. Later we'll write our own letters about our own concerns.