ACCESS Persuasive Writing Websites
Persuasive WebQuest! This quest challenges you to investigate persuasive writing and
develop critical reading skills. What are propaganda techniques? How is the English
language so powerful as to persuade you. Why would you need to develop this skill to
persuade others? Everyone has been persuaded and has needed to persuade others.
What techniques can you use to sway others and what can you use to not fall victim to
PowerPoint Presentation on Writing Persuasively
This is a great PowerPoint presentation that teachers can show their students about
The Power of Persuasive Writing
Persuasive WebQuest, information for teachers. The Power of Persuasive Writing is a
three week communication skills and interdisciplinary middle school Internet project.
This project has been designed for a sixth grade English class, but it can be adapted and
used as a project in any upper elementary, middle school, or high school class. The
flexibility of this project should allow teachers to focus on certain issues. This can
shorten or lengthen the scope and sequence of the lesson(s).
Persuasive Writing Information
This is a very basic one-page persuasive writing informational site. There is a link with
Social Studies integration. There are three prompts also for elementary students.
Activities for Learning Persuasive Writing
This is a powerful website that has many different activities for learning persuasive
writing. You will find prompts, activities, tips, etc. Persuasive writing attempts to
convince the reader that the point of view or course of action recommended by the
writer is valid. To accomplish this, the writer must develop a limited topic which is well
defined and debatable, that is has more than one side. In the essay, only one side of
the issue is presented. Teachers in high intermediate, middle and high school grades,
this one's for you.
Persuasive Writing: Smoking
This is a powerful lesson about a powerful subject. Health and writing are integrated
into a couple of lessons about persuading teens not to smoke. One of the social
problems that national and state governments are trying to solve is teenage smoking.
Today, smoking is not just considered unhealthy, it is also illegal for anyone under
eighteen years of age to smoke. Despite efforts of many government agencies,
however, the rate of teen smokers is still growing. Students will convince a friend to
never try smoking or quit if they have already started. Fabulous for grades 5 and up!!
Advertising Lesson Plan
Teachers, this is a lesson plan for writing an advertisement (persuasive genre). I find
the world of advertising quite fascinating. Perhaps it has to be. After all, the advertisers
want to catch your eye...and sell their products! Whether you are "born to shop" or the
thrifty type, I guess you'll admit that most ads are interesting and nice to look at, with
all those colorful and beautiful designs. And you can use them for improving your
students' reading abilities and to broaden their vocabulary range, too! Tip: use a few TV
commercials for listening comprehension purposes and added fun. Fabulous plan for
Printable Graphic Organizer
Terrific printable writing organizer, the students are reporters and want to convince
people to think the way they do. Pick an issue related to endangered species. Write a
paper trying to convince others of your point of view. Include fact and opinion in your
paper. Include a picture in the box provided. Great for intermediate grades!
Persuasive Writing Guidelines
Because persuasive writing's purpose is to influence people's thoughts and actions, it is
often one of the most challenging types of writing. It is often aimed at an audience who
may be anywhere from neutral to hostile towards our ideas, so audience awareness is
critical in this type of writing. Most people have opinions on controversial issues, but
convincing others of the validity of those opinions is the hard part. The following
guidelines will help you to write a persuasive paper that is well supported and that
avoids logical fallacies.
Three Great Persuasive Prompts
3 great prompts! The persuasive topics in 1998 National Assessment of Educational
Progress writing assessment asked students to write letters to friends, newspaper
editors, or prospective employers, to refute arguments, or to take sides in a debate.
Many of the persuasive topics asked students to write in response to information
provided with the assessment, such as newspaper articles, charts, photographs, and
reported dialogues. The writing assessment prompts presented students with a variety
of tasks, such as writing a letter to the editor of a newspaper, etc.
Persuasive Writing Lesson Plan
Lesson plan! Students will write a persuasive paragraph and/or essay with a main idea,
supporting points, arguments refuting their opponents and a strong conclusion. Students
will formulate an opinion and learn to support it by participating in kinesthetic activities
that require them to share thoughts with like-minded students and face off against
Persuasive Writing Organizer
Persuasive Writing Organizer, should students be allowed to participate in dangerous
ventures on school outings? Why or why not? In order to persuade others to agree with
your opinion, you need reasons to support your argument. Use the following Persuasive
Writing organizer to help you think through your argument before you begin writing.
Great for intermediate grades!
PowerPoint Presentation for Persuasive Writing
This is another Website with a PowerPoint presentation for teachers to show their
students. It is short, sweet and to the point, which is great for all of our visual learners!
Basic Persuasive Writing Information
This is a basic informational website about persuasive writing. There are no lesson plans
or activities involved, persuasive writing and its attributes are focused on.
Advertising Lesson Plan
This is a lesson teaching the form of advertising in the persuasive genre. Students will
create and "sell" their own cereal product after observing cereal commercials and box
covers. They will become familiar with the type of language used to sell products, as
well as the marketing techniques used for creating visual images on cereal boxes and in
commercials. Fabulous for elementary students grades 4-6!
Systematic Unit Planning for a Persuasive Writing Unit
According to Bellingham School District’s newsletter, In the Loop, the WASL data
reported for the Spring ’99 assessment indicated that teachers need to be "more
intentional in our teaching of writing at the elementary level, with a focus on writing for
a variety of audiences and purposes and in a variety of forms." After reviewing the
Spring WASL data, OPSI reported that most tenth grade students demonstrated "at least
some ability to write persuasively, but did not always draw conclusions. Relevant details
were often used, but many students had difficulty with transitions from one section to
the next." Module Four will allow you to formulate a well thought out lesson plan for
systematic instruction of the persuasive essay. Fabulous for teachers in Washington
State. This site is geared towards high intermediate and upper level grades.
Persuasive Writing Prompts
Prompts for these categories: persuasive-descriptive, persuasive-classification, how to,
classification, and description. This site is geared for high intermediate through high
Persuasive Writing Prompts
This is a list of prompts for a persuasive piece. Choose one of the following types
of persuasive speeches and prepare a presentation for the class.
Writing Persuasively On-Line
By using this site you can write a persuasive paper online! You can choose the
level of the writer and how much help you will be needing. This is great for all
This site has student samples for teachers and students to look at. The prompt
that is used is; - Local leaders are considering building a recycling plant in your
community. The only available location for the plant is the community park and
recreation area. Do you think the plant should be built? Write to persuade others
in your community to agree with your point of view.
Persuasive Writing Prompt with Lesson Plan
Lesson plan. Students will write an editorial defending or challenging the
protagonist's decision in a story. Anticipatory Set: Should Goldilocks have
trespassed in the bears' home? Should Little Red Riding Hood have talked to the
wolf in the forest?
In-depth Directions for Persuasive Writing
In-depth directions to persuasive writing. Could easily be reformatted or added
to. In persuasive writing, we try to convince others to agree with our facts, share
our values, accept our argument and conclusions, and adopt our way of thinking.
Persuasive Writing Prompts
This a simple list of writing prompts. Great for middle school to high
school age (with a little tweaking)
Three week unit on persuasion and consumerism
Unit with lesson plans on the power of consumerism and its use of persuasion; designed
for grade 9