Persuasive Writing Mini Lessons


Print & digital options mean this is ready!  Everything you need to teach persuasive writing!  These 20 mini lessons will help you teach the entire writing process without overwhelming your students.  “Bite-sized” mini lessons mean that you can focus on one lesson at a time.  This resource helps students analyze, understand, and use ethos, pathos, and logos while they are writing an persuasive essay.

Ready to use…just add students;)



Are your students ready to write persuasive essays?  I’ve got you covered with digital and print options!  These 20 mini lessons will take your students through the entire writing process — plus, they’ll review and use ethos, pathos, and logos to construct their writing.

You’ll have everything you’ll need to get started teaching this today.  Including:

  • a print and digital version of the student workbook
  • an editable unit calendar
  • 20 mini lessons
  • lesson plan suggestions for each mini lesson
  • notebook covers that you can use to create a student workbook (2 options)
  • rubric
  • answer key for selected lessons
  • digital and print options
  • additional persuasive texts to use to teach your mini lessons

The persuasive writing mini lessons include:

  1. What does it mean to write persuasively?  Anchor chart
  2. Elements of persuasion
  3. Analyze persuasive speech (mentor text:  Gettysburg Address for lessons 3 – 6)
  4. Analyze ethos, pathos, and logos
  5. Analyze persuasive language
  6. Analyze sentence structure
  7. Let’s write a persuasive essay (assignment)
  8. Expanding your ideas
  9. Picking a topic
  10. The strength of your position
  11. Knowing your audience and purpose
  12. Writing  your thesis
  13. Creating an outline and looking for gaps
  14. Collecting research
  15. Incorporating persuasion into your writing
  16. Draft 1:  Maintain a formal style
  17. Providing a conclusion
  18. Revising for clear, coherent writing, organization, and style
  19. Peer review
  20. Proofreading:  Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English grammar and writing

Reasons to love this resource:

  • These lessons are ready to teach out of the box! Print or digital!
  • They are perfect for writing workshop, centers, differentiation, scaffolding, and even tutoring.  
  • You can create a whole writing workbook for your students that you can bind with a spiral binding machine, staple, or three-hole punch and put into a folder with brads.
  • You can also simply provide the mini lessons in any order — one at a time.
  • Students really dig into persuasive writing with the mentor text.
  • Students can work at their own pace.

When you purchase, you will receive a zipped file that contains the 48 pages of mini lessons, lesson plans, calendar, and answer key.  You’ll also receive a file of two additional persuasive texts students can analyze.

Be sure to look at the preview pages!

You can get more tips for teaching persuasive writing in this post!

Questions?  Pop me an email, and I’ll get right back to you!



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