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Inform or persuade



This presentation was designed for Grade 6 Students interested in learning how to differentiate informative and persuasive writing andauthentically practice persuasive skills.



Inform or Persuade?



Lessoncreatedanddesignedby Mrs. GitaneReveilleau

Instructional objectives


1. To differentiate informative and persuasive writing;

2. To research and collect information essential to writing assignment;

3. To publish final products;

4. To follow-up with revisions and peer-feedback.



Standards addressed

Standards addressed

Common core for l.a.

ISTE Nets for students

1. Creativity and Innovation

Students demonstrate creative thinking, construct knowledge,

and develop innovative products and processes using technology.

a. Apply existing knowledge to generate new ideas, products, or processes

b. Create original works as a means of personal or group expression

2. Communication and Collaboration

Students use digital media and environments to communicate

and work collaboratively, including at a distance, to support

individual learning and contribute to the learning of others.

a. Interact, collaborate, and publish with peers, experts, or others employing a variety of digital environments and media

b. Communicate information and ideas effectively to multiple audiences using a variety of media and formats

3. Research and Information Fluency

Students apply digital tools to gather, evaluate, and use


a. Plan strategies to guide inquiry

b. Locate, organize, analyze, evaluate, synthesize and ethically use information from a variety of sources and media.

Grade 6, Writing

1. Text Types and Purposes

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.6.1 Write arguments to support claims with clear reasons and relevant evidence.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.6.1a Introduce claim(s) and organize the reasons and evidence clearly.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.6.1b Support claim(s) with clear reasons and relevant evidence, using credible sources and demonstrating an understanding of the topic or text.

2. Production and Distribution of Writing

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.6.4 Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience. (Grade-specific expectations for writing types are defined in standards 1–3 above.)

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.6.5 With some guidance and support from peers and adults, develop and strengthen writing as needed by planning, revising, editing, rewriting, or trying a new approach.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.6.6 Use technology, including the Internet, to produce and publish writing as well as to interact and collaborate with others; demonstrate sufficient command of keyboarding skills to type a minimum of three pages in a single sitting.



Start by exploring

Start byexploring

Click on the screens below and

dig through these websites for a minute:



Can you tell


Now that you’ve explored these samples,

go ahead and answer:

Which one provides the latest news and in-depth information about all sorts of topics?




If you chose the nation


Youare correct!

The Nation is a newspaper publication that provides information about everything, from news to fashion tips.

Move on

If you chose craigslist


You need to think again.

Craigslist Thailand is a publication that specializes inoffering goods and services of all sorts for sale or purchase.


Let s take a closer look

Let’stake a closerlook:

Alloftheseblue boxes refer to a broadtopic. Ifyouclickonthem, you’llbedirected to more specificnewsorarticles.

This is anadvertisement. Newspapersalsoadvertisegoods for sale, but, primarily, a newsvehicle’s general purposeis to informthereader.



What do craiglists offer

What do Craiglistsoffer?

Craigslists are publications

present all around the world.

Anyone can participate by posting

in the classifieds or exploring its

categories in order to purchase.

Explore its screen

Google it



Craigslist thailand


Roam throughotherlocationshere.

TheClassifieds is where YOU manageyouraccountandpostoffers.

Here’sthe search box, whereyoutype in whatyou’relooking for.

These are themanycategoriesthatCraigslistsoffer.

Want to learn more? Clickhere.



Today s lesson in a slide

Today’slesson in a slide:



The author’s goal is to persuade the reader to agree with the author’s opinion.

Examples: advertisements, commercials, newspaper editorials, etc.

The author’s goal is to inform the reader with topics that are usually real or contain facts.

Examples: newspapers, cookbooks, manuals, non-fiction books, etc.



Got it let s practice

Got it? Let’spractice

Look at the picture and decide what its purpose is:




Not this time

Notthis time...

In this picture, you see a man smoking uncontrollably, and therefore, burning his money.

The image strongly suggests that smoking causes you to spend a lot of money that cannot be recovered.


Inform or persuade


Great job! The image tries to persuade the reader or consumer that smoking is not good for your health or your pocket.

Now look at this next picture and select the right answer:

What do you think this lady is doing?



Inform or persuade


Remember this:

Persuading is a strong action. It usually

means that someone is convinced that

what they are selling or talking

about is correct, like this man on the left.

The lady in the picture is cooking and seems to

be teaching someone. When you teach, you

usually provide information to your listener.

Lookat it onceagain

Inform it is

Inform it is!

The lady in the picture is showing someone

how to cook. Maybe she’s a TV host who has a

daily program, and her purpose is to inform.

Learn more aboutpersuasion

Practice some more

Practice some more

Practice some more

Laura is always trying to talk her friends into

going vegetarian. She quit eating meat a long

time ago because she hates animal suffering.

Her friends listen to her when she starts her

lectures, but they beginning to get tired of her

trying to _________________ them.




Not really


Laura is a strong defender of

vegetarianism, so she is probably

very insisting when it comes to

sharing her opinion with her friends.

She’s sharing her point of view, or



You rock

You rock!

That is correct!

Laura is trying to persuade

her friends of her opinion,

which is against eating meat.

Move on

Look for clues

Look for clues…

When you persuade, you are convincing

someone of your own ideas and opinions. It’s a

good idea to look for clues that suggest that

someone is only emitting a personal view.

When you inform, you are presenting facts

and information that DO NOT depend

on your opinion. They are usually

supported by some sort of evidence.



Read and decide

Read and decide:

Which one is an opinion?

Dogs are more social than cats.

Dogs have more teeth than cats.

Dogs are not as flexible in jumping as cats.

Dogs are better pets than cats.






Inform or persuade


No. Here’s a tip for you:

Even if you do not know whether the

information contained in these options

is true or not, you should try to identify

which one emits a point of view, that is, an

opinion or a judgment.


You nailed it

You nailed it!

Yes! If I say that something is better than

something else but do not justify it using

evidence, it can be read as a personal opinion.

Move on

Some tips to persuade effectively

Some Tips to Persuade Effectively



Shall we try


For this assignment you will concentrate on

your persuasive skills.

You will need to create your own Craigslist

entries and share with your classmates. Some

real samples are provided for you next.



Explore a craigslist wanted ad

Explore a Craigslist “Wanted” Ad:

Title is clear and states purpose

Date and contact information through Craigslist. It does not offer the real email address to avoid spam/phishing.

Text explains need and states that animals will not suffer. It also offers benefits and/or cash (persuasive strategies).

Author requires serious replies (because the topic might arise the interest of kids/pranksters)

Location will help select interested parties.



Explore a craigslist for sale ad

Explore a Craigslist “For Sale” Ad:

Title is direct, by stating product, price and place.

States details of action of purchasing

Good quality photo of material provided.

Audience defined: engagement ring

Opinion statement to persuade the buyer.

Proof of purchase is an important evidence of truth.

Product specifications



Your mission


1. At home, find five objects that you consider funny and wacky.

Make sure your objects are appropriate!

3. Using the sample below, write your own “Craigslist” entry. Use your imagination! The information you provide does not have to be true, but amusing!

4. Photograph the item and save the images onto a folder.

5. Follow the 6+1 Traits of Writing Revising Checklist to review your text.

2. Research and collect information about the objects selected.






5. On your blog, create a new post entitled “My Wacky Craigslist”. Copy your text and add the media you created.

6. Share your new blog post with your teacher by sending an invitation by Gmail.



Inform or persuade


Once your teacher has checked it, you will be able to share with the world!

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