Persuasive and Opinion Writing
In this unit students will pick a cat/dog that needs to be adopted and write a persuasive piece to persuade someone to adopt the cat/dog. Several students in my class are passionate about cats. Their passion is spreading to other students in my class. Their passion is driving this persuasive unit. We will work with an animal rescue and the students will visit a rescue center on a field trip. Students will pick a cat/dog to write a persuasive piece. Students will have the opportunity to listen to a guest speaker that specializes in writing about cats. To further the engagement students will also experience a virtual field trip via Skype in the classroom. They will "visit" a Cheetah Conservatory at Busch Gardens at the conclusion. For the final presentation, the students will use Chatterpix. Students will have a picture of the cat/dog they wrote about which will be used on Chatterpix. The Chatterpix cat/dog image will “present” the persuasive writing.