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Writing - 6th

Writing a Persuasive Essay

Title: Writing a Persuasive Essay

Subject: Writing

Summary: This lesson will teach sixth-grade students how to write a persuasive essay by understanding the structure, techniques, and strategies involved in persuasive writing.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Know the purpose and characteristics of a persuasive essay
  • Understand the structure and organization of a persuasive essay
  • Can use persuasive techniques and strategies effectively in their writing


This lesson will be delivered through a combination of direct instruction, class discussions, group activities, and individual writing practice.

Resources/Materials Required:

  • Whiteboard or blackboard
  • Markers or chalk
  • Handouts with sample persuasive essays
  • Writing materials (paper, pens, pencils)


Introduction (10 minutes):

Begin the lesson by explaining to students what a persuasive essay is and its purpose. Discuss how persuasive writing aims to convince the reader to adopt a particular point of view or take a specific action. Use real-life examples to illustrate the power of persuasive writing.

Body (30 minutes):

1. Structure and Organization:

Explain the basic structure of a persuasive essay, which includes an introduction, body paragraphs, and a conclusion. Discuss the importance of organizing ideas logically and using transitional words and phrases to connect different parts of the essay.

2. Persuasive Techniques:

Introduce various persuasive techniques such as emotional appeal, logical reasoning, and credibility. Provide examples and encourage students to identify these techniques in sample persuasive essays.

3. Strategies for Effective Persuasion:

Teach students strategies for effective persuasion, such as using strong evidence, addressing counterarguments, and appealing to the reader's values and beliefs. Discuss the importance of supporting arguments with facts, statistics, and examples.

Activities (40 minutes):

1. Group Discussion:

Divide the class into small groups and provide each group with a sample persuasive essay. Instruct them to analyze the essay's structure, persuasive techniques used, and the effectiveness of the arguments presented. Encourage group discussions and ask each group to share their findings with the class.

2. Writing Practice:

Ask students to choose a topic of their interest and write a persuasive essay. Provide them with a graphic organizer to help them plan their essay. Circulate around the classroom to provide guidance and support as needed.

Assessment (20 minutes):

1. Peer Review:

Pair students up and ask them to exchange their essays. Instruct them to provide constructive feedback on each other's essays, focusing on the use of persuasive techniques, organization, and clarity of arguments.

2. Presentation:

Give students an opportunity to present their persuasive essays to the class. Encourage them to use persuasive techniques while delivering their presentations.


Summarize the key points covered in the lesson and emphasize the importance of persuasive writing in various aspects of life. Encourage students to continue practicing their persuasive writing skills.

Compliance: Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts - Writing Standards for Grade 6

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