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April 20, 2007
Monday, April 23, 2007

Reading- Read for 30 minutes and complete an entry on your reading log answering the 5Ws. If you have turned in documentation for reading 25 books, you no longer must maintain a daily reading log.
Night Write-Select a topic for your persuasive letter. Make a 2-column chart. One side should have the heading
Information I Already Know About__________
Information I Need To Know About_________

Class will be held in the MAC lab.

Activity 1:
Begin the class by asking, “What makes a good argument?” Have students share their ideas about making a good argument.

Activity 2:
The Role Play Activity will be conducted by two student volunteers to read the parts of parent and child in Scenario 1 and two student volunteers to read the parts in Scenario 2. Once the readings are finished, compare the two scenarios and discuss which one provided a better argument. Ask students to identify what made the argument better.

Activity 3:
Review the genre of persuasive essays by reading aloud the sample persuasive essay Should Marine Mammals Be in Captivity? printed from the Internet. Prior to reading, engage students in a brief discussion about whether they think marine mammals should be kept in captivity. Students should respond by stating their opinions on the topic and providing a few reasons to support their opinions. (This step will be completed as a journal writing activity.)

Activity 4:
Students will participate in a discussion in response to the essay. Do students agree or disagree with the author of the essay? Were any students swayed from their previous thoughts on this topic? Students should use information presented in the essay and/or background knowledge to support their opinions as they type in their responses to these questions.

Activity 5:
Have students access the Persuasive Writing website independently or with a partner to further introduce them to this genre of writing. This website is an excellent resource that walks students through the process of writing a persuasive essay. Students should take notes on the three main sections of a persuasive essay (i.e., introduction, body, and conclusion).

Activity 6:
Label three sheets of chart paper with the three main sections of a persuasive essay. Once students have finished reviewing the website and taking notes, have each student add a detail from his or her notes to the appropriate sheet of chart paper.

Activity 7:
Review with students the main components of a persuasive essay as presented by students on the chart paper.

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