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Write About was built to be a part of the writing process in classrooms, helping students find an audience and teachers give personalized feedback. Social publishing and writing pedagogy are part of the same conversation, and these resources and lessons will help your class make the transition to digital writing!

BROWSE TOPICS

Lesson One: Exploring Persuasive Writing Ideas

OVERVIEW

You will explore persuasive writing Ideas and curate them into your own Galleries. Next, you will select one Idea and write a persuasive Post. Finally, you will publish that Post to a Group.

 

Objectives:

  • I can curate persuasive Ideas by exploring the persuasive Ideas and creating my own persuasive Gallery
  • I can write a persuasive Post by making a claim and backing it up with reasons
  • I can publish a Post to an intended audience by sending my Post to an ideal Group

 

Vocabulary:

  • Audience: the group that will be reading my posts
  • Persuade / Persuasive: to convince someone to believe or do something; to convince someone that something is true
  • Privacy: who should and should not be able to read your work
  • Curate: sorting ideas, information or work based upon interest level, themes or topics
  • Sort: separating items based upon categories
  • Gallery: a place to curate writing Ideas
  • Idea: a visual suggestion of what you could write about
  • Genre: the type of writing

 

PART ONE: WARM-UP

Create a post and answer one of the two questions:

  • Option 1: What does it mean to persuade someone?
  • Option 2: When was the last time you persuaded someone?

 

PART TWO: EXPLORING THE PERSUASIVE GALLERY

Explore the Persuasive Gallery. Afterward, create a Gallery of your own favorite persuasive ideas. [view help video]

 

PART THREE: WRITE ABOUT AN IDEA

Choose one of your Ideas from the newly created Gallery. Click on the Idea and then click on the green Write About button.  Write about the Idea.

Be sure to:

  • Change the title to something unique.
  • Write at least one persuasive paragraph.

 

PART FOUR: PUBLISH TO A GROUP

Think through the following questions:

  • Who do you want to read this?
  • What are you trying to convince them about?
  • Why should they want to read this?

 

Select the appropriate Group to publish to (note: if you have not followed that group, publish the post first and then select the group). The Group (or Groups) should directly relate to the writing idea. Afterward, check that the Post is published and shows up in the My Posts tab.
PART FIVE: WRAP UP

  • Review Checklist

Student Checklist: Persuasive Writing Ideas

  • □ I have explored the Persuasive Gallery.
  • □ I have created a persuasive Gallery of my own.
  • □ I have clicked on the Write About button and written at least one persuasive paragraph about one of the Ideas.
  • □ I have published my post to at least one Group.
  • □ I can defend why my Post belongs in that particular Group.

 

  • Closure: Exit slip – What persuasive topic do you want to write about? Who do you want to convince and why? What will be your intended audience?

 

ENRICHMENT / EXTENSIONS

  1. Expand your post beyond one paragraph.
  2. Change the image in the post by using a Creative Commons image.
  3. Leave a comment on a post from another author in Write About.

Continue to Lesson Two! >