Persuasive (Grades 9-12)

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Course Description

At the conclusion of this course, teachers will leave with strategies and activities that will help even struggling writers approach persuasive/argumentative writing with confidence. Handouts will expose them to the logos, pathos, and ethos rationales. Individual and group activities will allow students to polish their persuasive skills and make convincing arguments in fun ways. Participating in the development and writing of a complete persuasive/argumentative paper, including introductions and conclusions, teachers will receive an organizer and a manipulative that will effectively lead their students through a position essay. Focus will also be placed on the role of the counterarguments and addressing them in this type of paper. At the end of the course, participants leave with new strategies and activities and a “Can Do” attitude with regard to the assessment.

Key concepts covered include:

  • Persuasive Vocabulary
  • Facts, Opinions, Beliefs
  • Propaganda, Commercials, Credibility
  • Playlist and Position Statement
  • Persuasive Introductions
  • Brainstorming
  • Ethos, Logos, Pathos
  • Conclusions
  • Rubrics and Prompts