This fun persuasion activity can be used as a game to practice persuasion techniques. Students will combine three task cards (audience, object, and emotion) to write a letter that uses rhetorical appeals, rhetorical devices, and/or claim and counterclaim. This fun persuasion activity requires critical thinking skills as students craft their argument and decide on an angle for persuasion. This activity also promotes team-building and speaking skills!
Here’s one way this activity works:
- Each group or individual student will receive or randomly draw ONE random object, ONE emotion, and ONE audience. These are intended to be a bit odd and will be randomly matched together; this is part of the challenge and the fun!
- Students will work together to write a _________ (whatever emotion is drawn) letter.
- Example: If a student drew object card #2 (dream car), emotion card #1 (boredom), and audience card #10 (clown), an example letter might written to persuade clowns that life is boring without a Tesla. As you can see, students are free to customize and specify, so long as they use all three cards and have a persuasive purpose.
Here’s what you’ll receive in this resource:
★ Brainstorming Guide & Writing Page (3 Pages) so that students can purposefully plan to persuade their target audience and write a great “pitch.”
★ Writing Style & Persuasive Moves Checklists (2 Pages) so that students can keep track of the strategies they use and/or self-reflect.
★ One-Point Rubric (1 Page) so that students can self-assess and so that you can provide helpful feedback.
★ Three Sets of Task Cards (30 Pages): 40 “Random Objects” + 40 “Emotions” + 40 “Audiences” so that you have a variety of options for students and can re-use the game!
★ Product Link and Teacher Notes (2 Pages) so that you have instructions and tips for using this assignment with students at your fingertips.
This resource is helpful for:
★ Teachers who are looking for a fun way to have students practice persuasion, argumentation, and use of rhetorical appeals and devices.
★ Teachers who are looking to save time with ready-made resources.
★ Teachers who love to innovate and try new things!
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