Persuasive Speeches and Reflections

In class, we studied how to write persuasive speeches during our 6 week unit of study.  We gathered brave, bold opinions (thesis statements) to write about problems/solutions and noteworthy people and places.  While we gathered our opinions, we learned how to add examples and evidence to support our claims. The biggest challenge was gathering all the evidence, then organizing and categorizing this information.  This helped us make a plan to gather missing evidence. We also learned the importance to be mindful about who was our audience and how can we  speak directly to our audience to say more. As we tried to convince our audience about our opinions, we explored ways to keep the audience’s thoughts and responses in mind by choosing words that sound right and evoke emotion.

Below are the Playlists.  Watch your own video and possibly others to reflect on your learning process.  Please write a reflection after watching your video.  Please include the following in your write-up.

  • What did you learn about writing a persuasive speech?  What was the most effective writing technique you learned to convince your audience?
  • How did you feel after watching your video? Do you think you persuaded your audience? What could you do differently in the video to convince your audience about your speech?

Information Books

Third grade has been working diligently on our Information Books that are based on topics we believe we are “experts” on!  We focused on organizing our ideas into an order that makes sense, writing our chapters in various text structures (main idea-details, pros/cons, compare/contrast, sequential order…), adding text features that support our writing and many other wonderful ways to present our knowledge.  We hope you enjoy looking through them!

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Welcome to Mrs. DeGrazia’s Class Blog: Narrative Writing

We have been working on collecting ideas to write true stories.  We are about to publish our personal narratives and we learned many skills during this unit of study.

Think about what you have learned so far in class and write about how you improved as a writer.

Here are some skills we discussed:

  • Writing bit by bit to add details
  • Studying author crafts
  • Transition words
  • Rehearsing and Storytelling
  • Dialogue
  • Interesting leads
  • Elaborating the heart of the story
  • Paragraphing to help sequencing