A. Write a persuasive letter organized with a strong opening, 2 or more reasons to support their position, 2 or more answers to reasons against their position, a memorable closing, and appropriate tone for their audience.
B. Revise and edit their first drafts to strengthen organization, arguments, and word choice and to observe convention
C. Add multimedia enhancements to help convince readers.
1) FORM OF A FRIENDLY LETTER – Mini-lesson to refresh skills
2) WIN THEM OVER! Learning game, about 25 minutes seat-time
BEFORE INDEPENDENT WRITING
3) TOPICS TO WRITE ABOUT
4) PERSUASION MAP – graphic organizer
AFTER STUDENTS WRITE FIRST DRAFTS
5) REVISING VIDEO -11 minutes
6) REVISING YOUR PERSUASIVE LETTER Step-by-step form
AFTER STUDENTS PUBLISH FINAL DRAFTS
9) LETTER TO AN EDITOR Mini-lesson for follow-up activity
INTRODUCE WIN THEM OVER! WIN THEM OVER! (about 25 min. seat-time) is suitable for use in class or as a “flipped” homework assignment before class. Students may benefit from this preliminary discussion:
Choosing A Topic
Prewriting – User testing indicates that filling out a PERSUASION MAP will help students generate and organize ideas.
First Draft – Students write their first drafts. (one or two class periods)
SESSION FOUR—REVISING & EDITING and FINAL DRAFTS
VIDEO TUTORIALS – Students view video tutorials that model how to use REVISING and EDITING handouts to mark first drafts. (Note: Misspellings are ignored in the REVISING video because students are encouraged to defer correcting them until EDITING.)
FINAL DRAFTS – Authors revise, edit, and polish their drafts. They are encouraged to add multimedia enhancements.