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Build Mastery: Persuasive Paragraph

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Lesson Type: Build Mastery
Grade: 1, 2, 3
Group Size: Small Group, Large Group, Whole Class
Length: 20 minutes
Goal: Given a Persuasive Paragraph Organizer, students will use it and their knowledge of the genre to write a persuasive paragraph.

Materials: Board or chart paper, Persuasive Paragraph Organizer (print here)

What to Do


Make copies of the Persuasive Paragraph Organizer for each student.


1. Explain the lesson.

Today you will be writing a persuasive paragraph.

2. Explain the Persuasive Paragraph Organizer.

You will use this worksheet to help plan your paragraph. Remember that persuasive writing tries to change the way a reader thinks or acts. At the beginning you will write a topic sentence that states your opinion or feeling. In the middle you will provide two or more reasons or facts that support your opinion. At the end you will write a closing sentence that restates your opinion and summarizes how you feel.


3. Have your students complete the graphic organizers.

4. When students have finished completing the graphic organizers, ask them to share their paragraphs with partners.

Now that you have written your paragraph, you will share it with a partner. Ask your partner to let you know if your reasons or facts are convincing.

5. Ask students to make any additions or changes to their paragraphs based on their partners' feedback.

Now that you have had a chance to talk with your partner, I would like you to make changes or add details that would make your point more convincing.


For Advanced Students:

Ask these students to come up with additional reasons and supporting details for their topic.

For Struggling Students:

These students may have difficulty coming up with reasons to support their opinions. Work with them in small groups to help them brainstorm ideas.

For ELL Students:

Allow these students to use words and short phrases instead of sentences. You might ask them to generate a list of pros and cons about a topic instead of the paragraph.

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