We’re just beginning our Persuasive Essay unit in Intermediate English, and I thought I’d identify some relevant sites. I’ll also be converting this list into a more student-accessible post on our Intermediate English class blog.
Other “The Best…” lists that we use during this unit include:
Here are my choices for The Best Online Resources For Helping Students Learn To Write Persuasive Essays:
Here’s a Fact and Opinion game.
Try another Fact and Opinion Game.
Here are lots of fact and opinion activities.
PBS’ Arthur has a simple Facts and Opinions game.
It’s A Fact! is an online activity from Scholastic.
Making Connections is another exercise from Scholastic.
Argument is an activity from the BBC. Other activities connected to it are:
Earthlings, Unite! is an interactive sample persuasive essay.
Here’s an accessible tutorial on writing a persuasive essay from Great Source.
Students can quickly and easily create a “map” of their persuasive essay here and post its url on a student or teacher website.
I like this persuasive essay outline generator a lot.
Persuasion Map is from Read Write Think, but it can only be printed-out, not saved.
ESL Bee has a number of sample persuasive essays written by ESL students.
“Seeing The Forest Through The Trees” is a post I wrote about teaching the Persuasive Essay that teachers might find useful.
A study finds that both experts and non-experts can be more persuasive when they express uncertainty.
Writing for Justice • Persuasion from the Inside Out is an article by elementary school teacher Mark Hansen. It appears in Rethinking Schools.
He lays-out in detail a process he used to help his students write a persuasive essay. I’m not sure how many teachers would do everything he did, but he shares a lot of good ideas. Even though it describes them in the context of an elementary school classroom, I think several of his ideas could be adapted in other settings.
I will be using a simple “I Wish We Could Change” organizer organizer he created. When I teach my persuasive essay unit, it’s always a bit tricky to guide students towards a topic that holds their interest and would make the world a better place. This simple sheet would help that along nicely, I think.
BONUS: Cut Through the “Stickiness” of Prior Beliefs is a somewhat interesting article that contains an terrific chart/infographic reflecting some recent research.
“The 5 Most Persuasive Words in the English Language”
As always, feedback is welcome.