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:
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:
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?
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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