Writing to Persuade: Minilessons to Help Students Plan, Draft, Revise, Grades 3-8

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I love this book for all it teaches us about persuasive writing and for how it strengthens our understanding of this expansive genreā€¦. Having read it, I am wiser about teaching - and writing - persuasion. You will be, too.
- Janet Angelillo
Author of Writing About Reading and Writing to the Prompt

Wow! Just Wow! Karen Caine's book on persuasive writing is both a day-by-day practical guide and an inspirational lesson generator. This book will change how you see persuasive writing, how you see your students, and, most important of all, how you see the world. Read it. Study it. Use it today!
- Barry Lane
Author of After THE END

Writing to Persuade is your no-nonsense guide to teaching persuasive writing. It's filled with ready-to-use teaching for each stage of the writing process. Karen Caine packs her book with 6 units and 59 minilessons - and great advice on how to use them. Dive into an entire yearlong persuasive-writing curriculum. Pick out a favorite unit. Or dip in for minilessons that slot neatly into your existing units of study.

No matter how you use Writing to Persuade, you'll find well-structured, teacher- and student-friendly lessons. From topic selection, to research, to writing, to editing and revising, you'll find effective instruction for every stage of helping students create successful persuasive writing.

And with Writing to Persuade you'll introduce students to real-world genres such as letters, editorials, and advertisements. Caine even gives teachers advice and specific lessons on persuasive writing for standardized tests. Better yet, she saves you hours of prep time by including examples of high-quality persuasive writing from students as well as real-life examples culled from national sources that are ready to hand out during your lessons.

Get ready for what may be the only resource you'll ever need on persuasive writing. Pick up Writing to Persuade. You'll help your students take a stand and discover the power of persuasion.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780325017341
  • Publisher: Heinemann
  • Publication date: 10/17/2008
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 691,874
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 10.80 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Karen Caine is the author of, Writing to Persuade: Minilessons to Help Students Plan, Draft, and Revise (Heinemann, 2008) and a writing workshop consultant who works with upper elementary, middle, and high school teachers from across the US. Karen taught for 15 years New York City schools before becoming a district staff developer and an instructor at summer institutes such as the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project Summer Institute. She served as the Director of Curriculum at private school in Atlanta and taught in the Masters in Teaching Program at Oglethorpe University. She is a frequent presenter at NCTE, Literacy for All, ASCD, and other national conventions. In her presentations and classroom work, Karen gives teachers practical information and teaching strategies. The majority of her work focuses on: - helping teachers design clear, rigorous, and engaging lessons - teaching teachers how to have strong writing conferences that immediately lift the level of student writing - showing teachers how to help students become better at revising their writing. Karen specializes in working with teachers in informational and opinion writing.
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Table of Contents

Foreword Janet Angelillo Angelillo, Janet

Pt. 1 Units 1

Ch. 1 Persuasive Writing Units 1

Pt. 2 Minilessons 19

Ch. 2 Minilessons for Reading Persuasive Writing 19

Ch. 3 Minilessons for Collecting Ideas for Persuasive Writing 37

Ch. 4 Minilessons for Selecting and Developing Ideas for Persuasive Writing 79

Ch. 5 Minilessons for Planning and Drafting Persuasive Writing 114

Ch. 6 Minilessons for Revising Persuasive Writing: Making the Argument Even More Convincing 127

Ch. 7 Minilessons for Editing Persuasive Writing: Not the Same Old Thing 152

Ch. 8 Minilessons for Publishing, Celebrating, and Assessing Persuasive Writing 169

Ch. 9 Minilessons for Persuasive Writing on Standardized Writing Tests 179

Appendix 197

Additional Resources 199

Sample Writing Resources 209

Persuasive Writing Exercises 248

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