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    Persuasive Writing
    By Heather

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    I use a 'T' organizer with my students to teach this genre of writing.

    The students begin by writing what they are trying to convince someone to do or not to do above the T ie: I should have a later bedtime. Then they select their audience; who they are persuading. Next they write their audiences argument on one soide of the T: Your bedtime should stay the same and their's on the other side; my bedtime should be later. Finally the student begins to fill in the reasons on each side of the chart audience on the left their own on the right.

    Using this graphic organizer has a couple of benefits; it not only helps to organize their ideas for writing but it also helps thme to see if they have enough reasons pro and con to write a valid argument.


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