Persuasive Writing and FLASH FREEBIE!

We all know I {heart} Jessica over at Ideas by Jivey.
And I puffy heart all of the amazing ideas I get each week from her amazing linky-Workshop Wednesday! So I'm linking up!
This week's topic is Persuasive Writing. This is something we do a lot of in my room! My kiddos seem to have an opinion about EVERYTHING. Once we start persuasive writing, they're asking all year if they can write persuasive letters!

I introduce this unit the same each year. By reading the book "I Wanna Iguana" by Karen Kauffman Orloff. If you don't use it already, I highly suggest incorporating it into your lesson! It is so much fun and my kiddos love it :)

Alex is trying to convince his mother he should have an Iguana for a pet. The book is made up of letters written back and forth between the two where he is presenting arguments to his mother as to why he should have one. 

Before reading, my students complete a quick prior knowledge graphic organizer where we write down what persuasive writing is and ways to persuade.
 After reading, students write down 3 of the arguments Alex makes to convince his mom and we discuss them! Then, we pick a topic to write our own letters! The first letter I have students choose an exotic animal they'd like as a pet. Later, we do other persuasive letters on different topics! You can click here to download this organizer for free.

Another book we read to discuss persuasive writing is this fun one by Karen, too!

One of my other favorite activities I did was have my students write letters to me to persuade me what color hair I should have :) I was actually getting my hair done that day and it was quite entertaining! They made some great arguments and I almost ended up with pink hair :)

How do you do persuasive writing?

Before I go, THIS WAS MY 100TH BLOG POST!! WOW! I cannot believe I have been writing and getting to know all you wonderful teachers this long :) To celebrate, I will be having a FLASH FREEBIE until 8:30AM tomorrow morning! It will be posted on my Facebook page. So head on over and follow!!

Also wanna link up with a new great linky... Workinitwednesday! I'm working to get into summer shape and morning runs are the way to so it! I'm still in school but I'm lucky enough to not have to be there until 8:00 so I can get a 2-3 mile run in before school! This mornings first 2 miles were slow and rough but some good music kicked me into gear and I had my personal best time since high school for my last mile!


  1. Happy 100th post! Today was Joanne's 100th post at Head Over Heels for Teaching too!

    :) Kaitlyn
    Smiles and Sunshine

    1. Thank you! Awe, I'll have to head over and congratulate her, too :)

  2. Hooray for 100! And we all I know I {heart} you too!! :) thanks for linking up awesome ideas! PS, your freebie says we need to ask permission for download- did you set it so that anyone with the link can see it? :) Because I love that book and I so want those organizers! ;-)
    ideas by jivey
    Follow Me On Facebook! :)

    1. Thank you!!! I just changed the freebie, oops! Sorry about that one :) You should be able to download now!! I hope you're able to use it :)


  3. I love those books for persuasive writing :) Your pace for a mile is amazing. I ran 4 miles today at an 11 minute pace, yikes! Thanks so much for linking up!

    Corinna (✿◠‿◠)
    Surfin' Through Second

  4. Thanks so much for the freebies! Also, congrats on your 100th post!

    Sarah @ Hoots N Hollers

  5. I love those books for persuasive writing. My favorite is I Wanna Iguana. That is a great pace for your run. Woohoo! A couple of my favorite songs to work out to are from Florida Georgia Line also. Love Cruise and Shine On.