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NCTE: Learning About Persuasion

Published on 07/19/2006

Activity Overview

Students will take notes about the elements and strategies of persuasive argument. They will discuss reasons persuasive writing might be important, and then suggest situations where persuasive writing could be useful to promote their point of view.

Before the Activity

See the attached Activity PDF file for detailed instructions for this activity.

Print the appropriate pages from the Activity for your class.

Install the LearningCheck™ App on the students' graphing calculators following the attached instructions.

Students retrieve the Elements of Persuasion.edc resource file from the teacher's computer prior to the start of the lesson. Explain to students that they will take notes as you present information about persuasive argument, and that they will need these notes to create and evaluate documents. They will record their notes in the "Notes on Persuasive Elements" section of the resource file on their handheld device. The elements of the instruction are outlined in the Teacher Briefing Guide in this activity.

During the Activity

  • Distribute the appropriate pages from the Activity to your class
  • Distribute the LearningCheck file(s) to your class using TI Connect™ and the appropriate TI Connectivity cable
  • Follow the procedures outlined in the Activity


  • Students will:
  • Be introduced to three main elements and several strategies of persuasive writing.
  • Brainstorm a list of situations where persuasive writing skills would be necessary.
  • Create a written persuasive argument.
  • Collaborate to take the writing project from idea to product.
  • Analyze and evaluate peers writing for required elements of persuasive argument.
  • Make formal suggestions for improvement of the persuasive argument they evaluate.
  • After the Activity

    Check for understanding. Answer any questions.