During Jivey’s workshop, I shared my favorite books to teach persuasive writing:
I use the graphic organizer above to introduce what persuasive writing is. Then, we read I Wanna Iguana and discuss ways Alex persuades his mom to get him an Iguana for a pet. We then write letters to our parents to persuade them for an exotic pet. Students have to use at least 3 arguments, and it is a great introduction to lots of fun opinion writing! Students ask me all year if they can write an opinion letter on a topic whenever we have a discussion about something! Click here to download this freebie!
Other picture books I use to teach writing include:
My kiddos love this book every year. After reading it, we talk about descriptive writing. I make students describe “what a book would taste like” (it’s great because it’s really hard to put into words so it really makes them work!) and then we write how reading books is better. It’s a fun one!
This is a great book to teach self-esteem and writing about how we feel. Alice is “TOO TALL.” She is 4 inches taller than all the others in her grade. Everyone, including her mom and dad tell her she is too tall. One night, she goes to a dream land where there are other “too tall” girls. This is where she truly finds herself. She learns who she really is, and what is good about that.
I usually read this book in the beginning of the year to teach character education and self-esteem. We write about ways we have felt “inferior” or had low self-esteem and how we can realize the good in everything. It is a great lesson 🙂
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