…claim to be an expert if you’re not one


Home/School Connection: Distribute . Students are to find an example of a persuasive piece from the newspaper, television, radio, magazine, or billboards around town and be ready to report back to class during Session 2. Provide a selection of magazines or newspapers with advertisements for students who may not have materials at home. For English-language learners (ELLs), it may be helpful to show examples of advertisements and articles in newspapers and magazines.

After researching topics that the students have chosen, students write argumentative essays. Then, using Piktochart, students create their own infographics to illustrate their research.


…provide facts, evidence, and statistics to support your position

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Persuasive texts use the resources of modality. It is actually an easy concept because we use modality all the time, especially in everyday speech. Modality helps the speaker or writer take a position of high, medium or low, in relation to the topic.


nouns e.g. probability, possibility, certainty, requirement

Students adjust their use of spoken, written, and visual language (e.g., conventions, style, vocabulary) to communicate effectively with a variety of audiences and for different purposes.

Reading books might be better than TV. (verb)

Students learn that you don't have to raise your voice to raise a point. Writing a persuasive letter to your principal is a great way to get your opinions heard.

Reading books must be better than TV. (verb)

Petit, A., & Soto, E. (2002). Already experts: Showing students how much they know about writing and reading arguments. Journal of Adolescent & Adult Literacy, 45(8), 674–682.

It is obvious that reading books is better than TV. (adjective)

This lesson encourages students in grades 4 and 5 to think critically and write persuasively by focusing on preparing, presenting, and evaluating mock campaign speeches.

Reading books is always better than TV. (adverb)

This interactive tool allows students to create Venn diagrams that contain two or three overlapping circles, enabling them to organize their information logically.