Lesson Plan

The Power of Persuasion

Teach your students the power of persuasion by preparing them to write persuasive letters. This lesson, complete with brainstorming activities, allows young writers to unlock their inner rhetoricians.
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Learning Objectives

Students will be able to develop a plan for a persuasive letter that includes an opinion supported by evidence.

Introduction

(15 minutes)
  • Ask students to each take out a piece of paper and make a list of all the things that bother them at school.
  • After students have completed this task, record some of their answers on the board.
  • Ask students, "How can we help to change some of these problems?"
  • Listen to some of their answers and discuss them as a class.
  • Introduce the word "persuasion." Explain to students that persuasion is the act of making someone believe something. Today, the students are going to learn how to write a persuasive letter to ask for something to change.