Choose a topic card from the Persuasive Topic Cards – Lower 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 OREO technique, write a paragraph for this argument as a whole-class activity. Encourage students to build upon and develop each other’s ideas as the paragraph takes shape. If possible, use the internet to access facts and statistics to be included as evidence. When students are happy with what they have written together, allow them time to write the paragraph into their workbook.
Working in pairs, ask students to choose another argument from the class brainstorm which supports the same viewpoint. Allow students to work together to plan and write a persuasive paragraph for this argument. Monitor and support students as required.
Encourage each pair to share their persuasive paragraphs. Allow the class to provide positive feedback, as well as suggested helpful ideas for improvement.