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Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Opinion & Letter Writing

Whew. What a week last week was! It can be summed up in just a few short words: parent teacher conferences.

The bright side, as soon as my last conference was completed, spring break started! After a bit of a brain break, and sneaking into my classroom to take some pictures, I'm finally ready to get away from spring break projects for a little blogging. I'm hoping to catch up on some of the fun stuff we've been doing in the classroom. We've been so busy in our room and there are many things that I need to blog about yet!


A couple of weeks ago, we started into a persuasive writing unit. It began with two great mentor texts "I Want and New Room" and "I Want an Iguana" by Karen Kaufman. Two incredibly cute books, full of an exchange of letters between a mother and son with the son trying to convince the mother that he absolutely HAD to have. My students were hooked by the story lines {what kid hasn't tried to convenience their parents of something or another?}


http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/I-Wanna-Iguana-Mentor-Text-Pack-241335

Last year, I found a great resource from the Collaboration Cuties that worked perfectly for the beginning of this unit. Within the pack were graphic organizers, that we utilized in the creation of our own letters to home. Over a few days we read the books, reviewed the parts of a friendly letter, filled out graphic organizers to create our own letters, and eventually published one. Students had the option to print more than one copy in order to share a clean copy with their parents. 

One student came back happy to report that she and her dad would be building a tree house over break. I think she has persuasive arguments down pat {although she's a cutie too, not sure how her parents would tell her no too often, haha!}





A fun project that was a great introduction into persuasive writing and a wonderful review for letter writing too.



4 comments:

  1. Very cute! Isn't it funny to see what the kids would ask for if they could have anything!?
    Theresa
    Pinkadots Elementary

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  2. Love BOTH of these books! I always gets a kick out of kids' responses when we do persuasive writing.
    Alison
    Rockin' and Lovin' Learnin'

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  3. So cute!! Love their writing.

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