Persuasive Writing

Hey little ant [Book]The last couple weeks we've worked on persuasion.  We ended the unit with me reading aloud Hey, Little Ant by Phillip M. Hoose.  The story ends with the boys foot above the ant and the author asks.  Would you or would you not squish the ant!

As a group we charted ideas from the perspective of the boy and of the ant.  The next day the students used a sentence starter. I think the boy should (not) squish the ant because...  They then could add in their own personal reasons why or why not to persuade the other group.

The following day I took the students through a website on how to draw and ant. I displayed it on the interactive whiteboard and could make the images big enough for them all to see.  They first drew in pencil, trace with Sharpie and then shaded with crayons or colored pencils.  They turned out so cute.  We then added a big foot.  They either put it above the ant because they don't want to squish it or on the ant!!
Click on the ant to go to the drawing website.

There final persuasive sentence was glued underneath the project.  They were so proud of them.  We hung them on their lockers.


  1. What a wonderful and creative lesson!

  2. This looks like a lot of fun and very creative. Thanks so much for sharing! We are your newest followers!
    Teaching Little Miracles


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