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Persuasive Text

The Persuasive Text
Texts that try to influence how you think or try to get you to do something are persuasive.  They can be in the form of ads, letters, reviews and articles. 


April 26, 2010

We began today's class with a question, "What is the difference between Persuasive Writing and Procedural Writing?"  The students agreed that the purpose of Persuasive Writing was to convince the reader of something and the purpose of Procedural Writing was to give directions in the form of step-by-step instructions.

Then, we read
We Need a Nap! and talked about the argument the author makes for kids to get a full night of sleep.  There are a few points I'd like to call to your attention:
  1. The title is usually used to catch the reader's attention. So, it might not give you the details you need to understand the true meaning of the author's argument.
  2. Read the article more than once to detect the nuances -or subtle details in the author's argument that might have slipped past you by only reading the article once.
  3. Comb through the paragraphs and look for the evidence the author uses convince you.  Are they solid or shaky reasons?  
The students helped piece the argument together and we wrote what we thought the argument was and the reasons the author gave to try to convince to take get a good night's sleep:
*Notice that we made a pre-reading prediction of what we thought the article would be about.  I used the title exclusively, and look where it got me... I was pretty far off the mark.  But it made a good teaching moment:  the title doesn't really tell you what the article is about!  It's function is to draw you into the article. 

April 23, 2010
The discussion centering around the letter, Yes, There Are ETs started with an identification of the author's argument (or, purpose for writing the letter).  Then, we combed through the letter searching for the reasons or evidence why the author believes that we are not alone in the universe.  Please see the chart we compiled from our conversation. If you click on the pictures they will be enlarged.

April 20, 2010
Today in class we read Better Wear a Helmet!.  Prior to reading the article we had a discussion of four terms associated with Persuasive Text:

 convince argue
 To convince means that you try to get someone to do something or you try to change their mind. 

 In an argument you use words and ideas to try to convince or persuade.  Generally, an argument is made up of reasons which give you cause to believe something

 persuade reasons
 Basically, persuade means the same thing as convince.

 A reason is a cause or explanation why you believe something to be true. 

The main idea of "Better Wear a Helmet" is that because most injuries on scooters happen to children under 15 years of age, they would decrease the chance of personal injury by wearing the proper safety equipment.

The reasons supporting the argument are

Was the author convincing? Why? 

April 21
Today we read From the Editor's Desk.  The main idea of the article was that poverty is a worldwide problem that it is not going away.  Instead of "throwing our hands up in the air" we need to do something about it -now! 

The argument consisted of a number of reasons why we need to do something about poverty now:

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