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Are You Easily Persuaded?

Are You Easily Persuaded?
Eight graders at Rindge Avenue Upper School study the craft of persuasive writing and utilize techniques they learn while writing an editorial on a topic of their choice. The unit begins with an immersion phase in which students are exposed to a variety of editorial articles through Interactive Read-Aloud and independent reading, allowing students to construct their own understanding of editorials including key elements of persuasion.

Throughout the writing process, the class engages in a combination of intensive exploration of mentor texts and frequent teacher modeling of various stages of writing her/his own editorial. Anchor charts that record students’ discoveries make student learning visible and act as resources for students throughout the unit. Students learn specific persuasive techniques through core minilessons that guide the unit as well as minilessons that the teacher may choose based on student need and interest. Students revise and strengthen their arguments through discussion and research. While research is a component of this unit, it is intended help enhance students’ editorials, not to be the foundation of their arguments. Finally, students publish their work in a celebratory activity such as submitting work to professional publications including newspapers and literary magazines, creating a class collection, orally sharing with classmates, and composing written reflections on their work.

Read Laura's Editorial, The Flaw of Censorship >>