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    Persuasive Writing
    By Carol

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    I use both Charlotte's Web and Because of Winn Dixie to demonstrate persuasion. In Charlotte's Web, Fern persuades her father to let her keep Charlotte, the runt of the litter, rather than killing him. In Because of Winn Dixie, Opal convinces her father to let her keep the mangy stray dog she calls Winn Dixie. After either reading the excerpts of these books, or having the children read them in literature circles, we discuss the characteristics of a persuasive essay (do a google search for many teaching ideas, persuasive worksheets, rubrics, etc.) They then have to write a persuasive paragraph or two trying to persuade their parents to let them have some animal as a pet. I send home a warning letter to parents first, letting them know it is only an assignment. It is always taken in the right spirit. Hope this helps.

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