Lesson: Let Me Persuade You...
Author: Sonya Thomas
Subject Area: Social Studies
Grade Level: 6 - 8
This lesson will teach students how write persuasive letters. Students will learn in this lesson what good writers posses as well as how to apply the POW+TREE writing strategy. The students will write a letter persuading Dr. Farley to allow the 8th graders of the opportunity to take an overnight trip to Washington DC.
This activity is aligned with the North Carolina Standard Course of Study: Language Arts: Competency Goal #3 The Learner Will continue to refine the understanding and use of argument (3.03) Evaluate and create arguments that persuade by arranging details, reasons, and examples effectively and persuasively. Social Studies:Competency Goal 2 The learner will trace the causes and effects of the Revolutionary War, and assess the impact of major events, problems, and personalities during the Constitutional Period in North Carolina and the new nation. Objectives 2.01 Trace the events leading up to the Revolutionary War and evaluate their relative significance in the onset of hostilities. 2.02 Describe the contributions of key North Carolina and national personalities from the Revolutionary War era and assess their influence on the outcome of the war. 2.03 Examine the role of North Carolina in the Revolutionary War. 2.04 Examine the reasons for the colonists' victory over the British, and evaluate the impact of military successes and failures, the role of foreign interventions, and on-going political and economic domestic issues. 2.05 Describe the impact of documents such as the Mecklenburg Resolves, the Halifax Resolves, the Albany Plan of Union, the Declaration of Independence, the State Constitution of 1776, the Articles of Confederation, the United States Constitution, and the Bill of Rights on the formation of the state and national governments. When the lesson is concluded I want my students to understand the concepts of a good writer as well as being able to apply those concepts into a persuasive letter.
The materials that are needed: Paper, Pen/Pencil, Rubric, Graphic Organizer. Students will Pick an idea or opinion by (formulating and opinion and stating that opinion clearly), Organize and generate notes and ideas for each part of the TREE by (organizing notes by completing a graphic organizer), Topic Sentence (formulating a topic sentence by expressing an opinion), Reason (give at least three reasons to support the topic sentence), Explanation (explain your reasons), Ending( Formulate a statement to summarize the topic sentence), Write and say more(Write a complete paragraph. Follow the plan developed using the TREE strategy).
Directions: Students will discuss what they know about our nations' capital as well as how our government is ran. Students will discuss who is our President, our Republican and Democratic parties and what positions are being held at this present time. This brief exercise will allow students to discuss their background knowledge with one another and build on their knowledge as well.