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Writing a persuasive letter in response to "The Little Owls that Live Underground"

This sequence of process-based writing lessons leans heavily on insights from a close reading of the Smithsonian.com article "The Little Owls that Live Underground." Across these lessons, students plan, draft, revise, and edit a letter to a housing developer persuading him to save the owls' habitat. of "The Little Owls that Live Underground," an article from http://www.smithsonian.com

Lessons

  • Brainstorm and plan arguments in response to a prompt

    In this lesson you will brainstorm and plan arguments for a persuasive letter by listing arguments and evidence an author presents in the text. This lesson focuses on the article, "The Little Owls that Live Underground" from http://www.smithsonian.com

  • Outline a persuasive letter

    In this lesson you will outline a persuasive letter by using Roman numerals and letters to introduce, elaborate, and conclude your arguments. This lesson focuses on the article, "The Little Owls that Live Underground" from http://www.smithsonian.com

  • Draft an introduction to a persuasive letter

    In this lesson you will draft an introduction to a persuasive letter by hooking your reader and previewing your argument. This lesson focuses on the article, "The Little Owls that Live Underground" from http://www.smithsonian.com

  • Draft the body of a persuasive letter

    In this lesson you will draft the body of a persuasive letter by arguing claims and refuting counterclaims. This lesson focuses on the article, "The Little Owls that Live Underground" from http://www.smithsonian.com

  • Draft the conclusion of a persuasive letter

    In this lesson you will draft the conclusion of a persuasive letter by summing up your argument and making your recommendation. This lesson focuses on the article, "The Little Owls that Live Underground" from http://www.smithsonian.com

  • Revise a persuasive letter by adding direct quotations

    In this lesson you will revise your persuasive letter by adding direct quotations in support of your argument. This lesson focuses on the article, "The Little Owls that Live Underground" from http://www.smithsonian.com

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