When I can add a visual element to teaching ELA lessons, I have found how much faster my students absorb the lesson as the colors or objects just make things click! Opinion and persuasive writing is no different. I use a color-coded structure that gives a visual connection to each part of their writing and allows them to work on each skill in isolation before putting it all together. This method provides just enough structure to make sure students are truly grasping the process, but not so much that you are stifling their
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Along with using my Rainbow Writing color system, I have always found success pairing relevant mentor texts with my writing lessons. Here are a few of my favorite to teach with persuasive writing and the key lessons/topics for each:
- Strong reasons to support why and strong opinion language
- This has the most humorous take on opposing opinions. On each page she gives an opposing opinion, and argues against it.
- Another book that has the most humorous take on opposing reasons and examples and uses great academic language.
- Uses great academic language and also provides a humorous take on opposing reasons and examples.
- Note the important topics that you can choose to write about to make a change
- Take note of the good reasons given by the ant.
- Provides perspective on how opposing sides see each other’s opinion
- Teaches actionable ways to use your opinion
- Wonderful use of persuasive language, reasons, and examples!