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    Persuasive Ideas
    By Janie

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    One idea I used to start my students thinking about Persuasive Writing was showing them a video I made. The video shows recordings of TV advertisements, i.e., M & M boys; fitness equipment; Dude, you're getting a Dell, and many others.

    After showing the video, I asked the students what they thought of the commercials and if the comm. influenced them in any way. And of course asking the students if this kind of commercialism is a type of persuasion.

    The TV approach generated a lot of discussion on what they already knew much about...persuading parents, friends, teachers, etc. I followed up with models of persuasive writing. Brainstorm topics, i.e., baseball series, school lunch menu, or others to start. There are several styles of persuasive writing...check Google. Hope this helps.

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