After reading two samples of persuasive letters we made this concept web showing features of a persuasive letter. This helps our young writers know what they should include in their own persuasive letter.
When it was time to think of topics, we first discussed the difference between meaningful and "trite" topics. Meaningful topics make the world a better place for all of us. Writing a persuasive letter is your chance to make a difference in the world! We brainstormed possible topics in four different areas - changes you'd like to see in the world, at school, at home, and in your life.
Here is how we brainstormed reasons to support a position. The position is in the top bubble. The three reasons to support the position are written in the boxes below.
It is vitally important to think about your audience in persuasive writing. We talked about no matter how powerful your argument is, if you send the letter to the wrong person you've lost your chance to make a difference! In this we took four possible topics from our topic web and discussed who the best audience would be and why.