Welcome to another exciting Mentor Monday! We’re talking about the art of persuasion in writing today, and you are going to love all the fabulous link-ups. When you’re finished reading this post, be sure to check out the other posts for tips, strategies and best of all, picture books!
Persuasion really is an art form among the many ways people communicate with each other. It can be masterfully powerful, influential, successful or a complete failure. You can easily persuade me to drop everything on a beautiful Saturday to head to the beach. (That’s too easy really!) BUT, you are really going to have to work hard to persuade me to show up at a store opening on Black Friday to start my Christmas shopping at 3AM.
As I was planning this post, I googled “the art of persuasion” and came across 10 Tips To Mastering The Art Of Persuasion. Even though it was written for Women’s Day magazine, these tips can easily be adapted to use with our students. Be sure to check them out at some point, since I refer to using them in my suggested lesson.
Before we expect our students to write persuasively, I believe we need open discussion about what it is, why people do it, when it’s useful, examples in videos, or print, and modeling. I created this chart to use as you begin to use the word persuade with your class. This is a quick vocabulary lesson. Brainstorming the word persuade will get your students thinking about the meaning and how it applies to their own lives and hence, deeper application.
Start with these questions and fill in your answers as a model before they fill in their chart
What can you be persuaded to do?
My answers: Go for a walk, go out for breakfast, head to the beach, bake chocolate chip cookies, listen to a country music station
What can you NOT be easily persuaded to do?
My answers: Head to the grocery store on a busy weekend, go on roller coasters, sit in Friday traffic to head to Cape Cod for a weekend, cut my hair short and dye it purple
After you use discuss the responses your students, create an anchor chart with tips to persuade similar to the 10 tips article I mentioned. One tip is to have good timing, You have to pick your moment to persuade a person to do something. I’m not going to bake chocolate chip cookies at 10PM on a Sunday night no matter how badly you ask me. But if you asked me on a Saturday morning or a rainy day, show me the chocolate chips!
My Mentor Text For Persuasive Writing
I absolutely love I Wanna Iguana by Karen Kaufman Orloff. Talk about putting the humor in persuasive writing! This is a wonderful story showing how the persistence of a child when requesting a pet can pay off. You can easily use this book before, during, or after filling in the brainstorming chart. Then, I recommend going back over the tips for the persuasion anchor chart to see how many the main character used when he was asking his Mom for an iguana. How was he successful in getting his iguana? Once your students begin to see the art form of persuasive talk, they will become better persuasive writers.