Mentor Texts for Persuasive Writing

We are about to venture into persuasive writing!  Personally, I think it's a lot of fun to teach.  Here are some of the mentor texts I plan to use:

I Wanna Iguana by Karen Kaufman Orloff

I love this book!  The fact that it is written in the form of letters is even better because it serves as a perfect model!  I only just realized that there is a second book by this author....
 I Wanna New Room by Karen Kaufmann Orloff

I'm not sure why I just learned of the book though, since it came out in 2010!?

Mo Willem's pigeon books are hilarious and are also very simple models for explaining what persuasion is. 
 Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus!

Don't Let the Pigeon Stay Up Late! by Mo Willems

Now the following book I only just discovered this year.  It is about a little girl begging her parents for pierced ears.  I know my girls will love it.

 Earrings! by Judith Viorst

And finally this adorable story which is also great for point of view.

 Hey, Little Ant by Phillip Hoose

A little boy converses with an ant about whether or not he should step on him.  

So, what do you think?  Am I missing any other great read alouds that serve as models of persuasive writing?


  1. I didn`t know about I Wanna New Room either! This year we used Dear Mr. Blueberry - we tried to convince each other that there was a whale or there wan`t a whale in the backyard!

  2. Earrings by Judith Viorst looks fantastic! I am sure your students will definitely be able to relate. I am also a big fan of the Pigeon books. Sounds like you made some great choices.

    Eclectic Educating

  3. I have used every single one of these! :) I love Earrings to show how NOT to persuade- no whining. Gotta give good reasons! The kids love it when I read all whiny too. :)
    ideas by jivey


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