A 60 minute lesson in which students will identify and use correct paragraph structure.
Revise the content of the unit so far. Remind the students that persuasive texts follow a specific structure, have specific language features and include specific devices to help the author present his or her viewpoint.
Project a persuasive paragraph on the board where the sentences are in the incorrect order (the persuasive paragraph on page 3 of the PEEL Paragraph Structure – Poster and Worksheets would be perfect for this; the teacher would simply need to reorder the sentences). Ask a student to read the paragraph aloud. Ask the class:
Do you think this paragraph flows smoothly? Why or why not?
What is wrong with the way this paragraph is structured?
How might these problems be fixed?
Project the PEEL Your Paragraphs Posteron the board. Discuss what each letter of the acronym stands for. Using the PEEL technique, see if the class can correctly sequence the paragraph from the previous activity.
Provide the students with a copy of the Writing a Persuasive Paragraph Worksheet (this could be pasted into the students’ workbooks for future reference). Read through the explanation of the PEEL technique and the example paragraph provided.
Choose a topic card from the Persuasive Topic Cards – Upper Grades. As a class, brainstorm arguments for and against the topic. Record these on the board using a t-chart (this is a great technique for students to use when they are planning their own persuasive texts). After the brainstorm, select the viewpoint with strongest arguments.
Select an argument from the t-chart. Using the PEEL technique, write a paragraph for this argument as a whole class activity. Encourage the students to build upon and develop each other’s ideas as the paragraph takes shape. If possible, research facts and statistics to be included as evidence. When the students are happy with what they have written together, allow them time to write the paragraph in their workbooks.
Provide the students with a copy of the PEEL Your Paragraphs Planning Template.Working in pairs, ask the students to choose another argument from the class brainstorm which supports the same viewpoint. Allow the students to work together to plan and write a persuasive paragraph for this argument. Monitor and support the students as required.
Encourage each pair to share their persuasive paragraphs. Allow the class to provide positive feedback, as well as suggesting helpful ideas for improvement.
Ask pairs who finish their shared paragraph to work individually to write a persuasive paragraph for a third argument (supporting the same viewpoint).
Allow students who find writing challenging to work with a teacher or teacher aide during the pair activity.
Suggested Assessment Strategies
used strategic whole class or individual questioning
observed student participation during learning activities