Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Workshop Wednesday Linky: Persuasive Writing

I'm linking up with Jivey today to talk about persuasive writing. Down here in the great state of Georgia, we have reading/writing frameworks provided by the state. They talked about the OREO method for organizing persuasive writing:
                          O-State your Opinion
                          RE-Give Reasons and Examples to explain your opinion
                          O-Restate your Opinion
This graphic organizer really helped my firsties understand and remember the basic principle of writing persuasively! Here's a link, but I can't take credit for making it. This is from the Georgia DOE.
Some great books I like to use to teach persuasive writing are:
The Pigeon Books-They're short and HILARIOUS! The kids love them. We read them throughout our unit introducing persuasive writing and talk about the reasons the pigeon gave why he should get to do each activity.

I Wanna Iguana-Another persuasive classic! Alex has to persuade his mom to let him have a pet Iguana. He gives her lots of reasons why he should have the pet. After reading, we write a letter to our parents tell them reasons we should have the pet of our choice. It's a good time to talk about the parts of a letter as well! A cute book to read along with this is the short chapter book Lulu and the Brontosaurus. Very funny! Keeps the theme going of wanting a new pet.

Hey Little Ant-I saw Jivey mentioned this book, too. It's great for persuasive writing because you hear 2 points of view: the ant and the little boy that wants to squish the ant. There are a lot of good readings of this on youtube, BTW. After reading, my kids wrote a persuasive piece arguing to save the ant or squish the ant (complete with an illustrative banner declaring their opinion to save or squish!). They were so cute...I wish I had taken pictures. Here's a rubric I used to assess their ant writing.  
I hope I've persuaded you of some persuasive writing ideas!  =)


  1. I see great minds think alike! ;-) I love the OREO organizer too! Thanks for linking up!
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  2. Absolutely love Pigeon! I also have LULU and the Brontosaurus, but I have not used it yet. Thanks for the great ideas!

    Sarah @ Hoots N Hollers

  3. Love the OREO organizer. Hmmm...a good reason to eat oreos in class? I think so! :)
    Brandee @ Creating Lifelong Learners

  4. I love Hey Little Ant and the Pigeon books. I have not used the OReO writing framework yet - but I have been persuaded to try it next year :)

    Looking From Third to Fourth

  5. I love using the Pigeon books and so do my kids. I like your OREO organizer-I'm going to need to check it out. I found your blog through the linky party. I'm a new follower.

    Hunter's Tales from Teaching

  6. I'm excited to learn about OREO! So simple, and you know they'll remember it! :O) I'll have to check out Lulu!
    Head Over Heels For Teaching

  7. My kids loved the pigeon books this year. They are perfect for teaching persuasive writing. Thanks for sharing those other books as well. I'm going to have to keep them in mind for next year!

    An Apple a Day in First Grade

  8. I have never used the Pigeon books, but I've heard such great things about them! I need to find them and the Lulu and the Brontosaurus one as well! I've never even heard of that one! I always start my persuasive unit with I want an Iguana and I Want a New Room! I love those books! And I love Hey Little Ant as well!

    Great book choices!
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