Coming Up With Powerful Persuasive Essay Topics For 3rd Grade Students
Persuasive writing is one of the most common modes of writing. In persuasive writing, the writer attempts to convince or persuade the reader to adopt his point of view by presenting convincing reasons and well-organized facts. Some common types of this form of writing are reviews, editorials, and recommendation letters.
Expertise in persuasive writing requires the student to conduct research, organize information and develop a clear argument about the given topic or subject. Teachers and educators can use this form of writing to help students develop research skills, organization skills, and improve their writing. Here are 15 thought provoking prompts that educators or teachers can use for coming up with powerful persuasive essay topics for 3rd grade students.
- You are running for the position of class president. Write a campaign speech that will persuade the other students to vote for you and not your opponent.
- Write a letter with the aim of persuading your teacher not to assign you homework for one week.
- The weather report has just warned residents in your county to prepare for a powerful cyclone by evacuating to a safer place. Your neighbor has however said that he is not worried and therefore he will not evacuate. What can you tell him to convince him to take the warning seriously?
- Think of your favorite food and any other family member’s favorite food. Write a persuasive essay to convince the family member why he/she should abandon his/her favorite food and adopt yours.
- Write a letter to your school’s principle persuading her to increase the duration of school recess.
- Write an opinion piece on why more people should be encouraged to get around your neighborhood using bicycles rather than cars.
- Persuade a skeptic to watch your favorite TV show or movie, or read your favorite comic book.
- Persuade your parents to allow you to keep a pet.
- Convince someone why it is important to have students come to school while dressed in school uniforms.
- Convince a fellow classmate why you feel your favorite subject is better than her favorite subject.
- Persuade your friend why you think outdoor activities are more fun than playing computer games or video games.
- Write a persuasive essay about why your teacher should be awarded a prize for being the best teacher of the year.
- Persuade your classmates to join the Scout movement.
- Persuade your older brother to start going to church.
- Convince your mum to allow you to watch a particular late night show that you like.
Here are 24 thought-provoking prompts to jump-start persuasive writing. The Common Core standards put a strong emphasis on persuasive writing skills. These prompts allow students to experiment with a variety of types of writing with a common purpose.
Print on card stock, laminate, and cut apart and you're ready to use these in a variety of ways! I've used them in my own classroom successfully in a few different ways:
•daily "do now" at the start of writing workshop
•independent center activity during writing or ELA
•resource for reluctant or "stuck" writers.
•prompt for writing homework
•pre- and post-assessment prompt before and after teaching persuasive writing unit
•straight-forward and valuable activity to leave in your sub-tub!
I've designed these prompts to be appropriate for different types of use--you could use them in a "quick-write" format, or to help students generate ideas for longer-term writing projects that they will bring through the writing cycle. These open-ended prompts are appropriate for a wide range of grade levels and abilities.
© Blair Turner 2012
Materials are intended for personal use.