Grades 4 – 8 | Lesson Plan
The Magic of Three: Techniques for the Writer's Craft
Students learn to use tricolonsa writer's technique of putting words and phrases into groups of threesto add rhythm and power to their writing.
Grades 5 – 6 | Lesson Plan | Standard Lesson
Introducing Basic Media Literacy Education Skills with Greeting Cards
In this lesson, students examine and create holiday/event cards, analyze holiday elements, and create their own. The activities help students focus on the reasons for composing messages as they do.
Grades 6 – 12 | Lesson Plan
Persuade Me in Five Slides! Creating Persuasive Digital Stories
After students write persuasive essays, use this lesson to challenge them to summarize their essays concisely by creating five-slide presentations.
Grades 7 – 10 | Lesson Plan | Standard Lesson
Picture This: Combining Infographics and Argumentative Writing
After researching topics that the students have chosen, students write argumentative essays. Then, using Piktochart, students create their own infographics to illustrate their research.
Grades 6 – 8 | Lesson Plan | Standard Lesson
Developing Citizenship Through Rhetorical Analysis
Students analyze rhetorical strategies in online editorials, building knowledge of strategies and awareness of local and national issues. This lesson teaches students connections between subject, writer, and audience and how rhetorical strategies are used in everyday writing.
Grades 3 – 5 | Lesson Plan | Standard Lesson
Can You Convince Me? Developing Persuasive Writing
Through a classroom game and resource handouts, students learn about the techniques used in persuasive oral arguments and apply them to independent persuasive writing activities.
Grades K – 2 | Lesson Plan | Standard Lesson
Persuasive Writing: What Can Writing in Family Message Journals Do for Students?
This lesson engages children in using writing to their families as a persuasive tool to get what they want and need.
Grades 3 – 5 | Lesson Plan | Standard Lesson
Dear Librarian: Writing a Persuasive Letter
Students write persuasive letters to their librarian requesting that specific texts be added to the school library. As they work, students plan their arguments and outline their reasons and examples.
Grades 4 – 5 | Lesson Plan | Standard Lesson
Vote for Me! Developing, Writing, and Evaluating Persuasive Speeches
This lesson encourages students in grades 4 and 5 to think critically and write persuasively by focusing on preparing, presenting, and evaluating mock campaign speeches.
The Top 20 Best Persuasive Essay Topics For Elementary School
Even our youngest students are not immune from the pressures of essay writing. While it is good practice for their later education years, and for teaching them how to argue for what they believe in, getting them to choose a topic can be extremely difficult. The key to making this a rewarding and non-punishing experience for your child is to help them make it fun. Fun is definitely relative, but here are twenty of the best persuasive essay topics that can be used in elementary school:
- Should students be permitted to have their cell phones with them during class?
- The cafeteria is starting to serve ice cream as a dessert but only flavor will be offered. Write a letter to the principal explaining what your choice would be and why they should choose it.
- You want a friend to spend the night on a school night. Create an argument that will sway your parents to let the sleepover happen.
- Your summer vacation is coming up and you are going away with your family. You are only allowed to bring one of the following: coloring books, books, or action figures or dolls. Explain how and why you would choose.
- Should your family make the move to a large city or to the country?
- Which rule does your household have that you disagree with? Persuade your parents to reconsider their position.
- Your family won the lottery. What should the money be used for?
- Your class is burying a time capsule. What item should not be left out?
- Why should you be allowed to have your own pet?
- Vegetables should be grown by everyone at home.
- It is time for me to stay at home by myself.
- What field trip is the most interesting?
- Should we have homework every night?
- Why war is bad
- Should there be a ban on junk food at school, even if it is sent with your lunch from home?
- We need to save electricity. People use too much power.
- Math is way too hard. We should not have to learn about it at all.
- Should animals be kept in zoos or should they remain free?
- What has more impact - recycling or donating?
- It is better to live in the country than the city/ the city than the country.