IRLA: Exploring the Central Ideas in Persuasive Writing

Posted on May 16, 2012. Filed under: IRLA Class | Tags: , |

Period 2 -As we are working on researching the issues behind the current debate regarding students using personal electronic devices in the classroom, we are forming our own strong ideas and opinions about this issue.  (I’m very excited to see how your ideas and arguments are coming together!)

Soon, we will be ready to write our own persuasive piece in response to this problem that educators, students and parents are facing today, but before we do, let’s really explore how we can best develop our ideas and what it means to write persuasively.

There are so many mentor texts for us to explore, and the first one I’d like to share is a favorite of mine.  This type of persuasive writing is an Op-Ed piece, and it was written by Judy Blume a number of years ago when a problem – for many educators, students, and parents at that time – was whether or not students should be reading books from the Harry Potter series.  (Many of you have read these books or seen the movies – did you know that it was such an issue?)

Judy Blume

  • Take a look at the article through the link below and record your thinking about the what Judy Blume’s central idea is in this piece and the ways through which she develops it.
  • As you read, specifically look for persuasive techniques and how she supports her idea.

Is Harry Potter Evil?  by Judy Blume 

Feel free to get the conversation going here in the comments on the blog, and then we will further discuss this piece together in class.

~Ms. Morris


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