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Citation: Taylor, Sarah Picard. (2008). A Quick Guide to Teaching Persuasive Writing, K-2. Portsmouth, NH: Heinemann.


Title: A Quick Guide to Teaching Persuasive Writing, K-2
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Year: 2008
Publisher: Heinemann
City: Portsmouth, NH
Medium: Book
Author(s): Tyler, Cheryl
Calkins, Lucy
Taylor, Sarah Picard
Grades: Kindergarten to Second Grade
Category: Persuasive Writing Minilessons
Annotation: The Workshop Help Desk series of miniature 80-page booklets by the Reading and Writing Project are brilliant. Each one takes about an hour to read and is connected directly to Lucy Calkins’ units of study with the assumption that readers already have a solid grounding in writing workshop. In "A Quick Guide to Persuasive Writing," Sarah Picard Taylor describes how even young children can write to improve their own lives or the lives of others through posters (K), persuasive letters (Grade 1) or persuasive reviews (Grade 2). Persuasive reviews enable students to write about their favorite video games, restaurants, movies and books for their peers. Sarah recommends that you first provide lots of examples, then help students find an issue about which they care deeply. Once they’ve chosen a topic and audience, students can use conversations and role-play to explore aspects of their topic. Next, they can list reasons why their request is important or their reasons for liking a book or movie. After these prewriting activities, students can then move through the writing process, concluding the unit by displaying their posters or reviews or mailing off their letters. Sarah describes how one teacher made a class book that included both the students’ letters and the replies that they received. The authors describe how to launch the unit and present some ideas for specific minilessons in kindergarten through second grade.