Teacher resources and professional development across the curriculum
Teacher professional development and classroom resources across the curriculum
Workshop 4: Teaching Persuasive Writing
Jenny Beasley's Editorial Unit
Beasley's sixth-grade students spend approximately four to six
weeks writing editorials on self-selected topics. The unit begins
with a discussion
of the various communities to which the students belong—family,
school, neighborhood, town. Then, based on their own opinions and interests,
the students choose issues confronting one of these communities,
positions on the issues, identify their audiences and purposes, and begin
developing support for their positions. The unit culminates with
editorials that reflect the children's increasing knowledge of effective
persuasive strategies and techniques.
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