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Why Is Persuasive Writing Important in an ESL Class?

Use persuasive writing to nurture your learners’ interests and listen to what they have to say.

Expressing one’s point of view or taking a standpoint on an issue is an important skill, and students need to acquire the necessary techniques to express their view supported with relevant arguments. From my experience as an ESL teacher, justifying one’s reasoning is not always an easy task for ESL learners. Logical thinking is a skill that students should be able to use across disciplines. That is why persuasive writing is an essential part of the ESL curriculum. It helps learners develop their ability to justify their position on an issue by using solid arguments and to write clear, well-organized, and coherent ideas. In addition, let us not forget that most teenagers always have an opinion about things, so why not nurture their interests and listen to what they have to say? But how can we take our learners' persuasive writing skills to the next level?

I consider that explicit modelling, guided writing practice, and frequent corrective feedback are the strategies that help students become more proficient in writing. That is why I have created a comprehensive tool that significantly improves learners' writing skills. This Opinion Text Writing Study Guide will assist even struggling writers in honing their persuasive writing skills.

What is included in this guided writing pack?

This resource, which is also available in online version for Google Docs, features two persuasive mentor texts and a deconstructed step-by-step-guide modelling the steps of writing an introduction, formulating a clear position on an issue, writing supporting paragraphs, and a conclusion to convince the reader of one's point of view.

What else is included?

♦Extra practice for planning phase (student worksheet)

♦Extra sheets for writing – writing template (editable instructions)

♦Teacher’s copy with answer key

♦Opinion piece/persuasive writing assessment rubric

An ideal tool for ESL teachers in Québec

This resource is ideal for both ESL and ELA learners, grades 8-11.

If you teach in Québec (CA), this resource is your must-have tool to prepare your Grade 11 learners for the written production part of their Ministerial Examination. It contains everything they need to know to confidently write an opinion piece. 

What other educators are saying about this resource

These reviews have been left on my TpT store by other educators like you:

"This really broke down the claim writing process for my students. Thank you, it made teaching argument writing through distance learning much easier." - Elizabeth P.

"Loved the differentiation it provided for my students." - Michelle R.

"Thank you, great product!" - Karla G.

You may check out the preview document of this differentiated opinion text workbook in my shops on the Teachers Pay Teachers and websites to learn more. 

Happy teaching!

Kynga C.


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