I am a few hours later to the party, but this week's theme for Workshop Wednesday was persuasive writing. I wrote a post a couple months ago sharing the mentor texts I use for persuasive writing. You can read that post here.
But another thing I do a lot of with my students to prepare them and help them brainstorm ideas is oral persuasion. I simply give them a topic and put them in pairs. Then they choose a stance and try to persuade their partner to feel the same way as they do. (I also let them try to persuade me.) They really like this and seem more engaged when the topics are directly related to something they actually want, like more recess or no homework.
So, I wanted to share this freebie with you all. Basically, it is just questions that students can use to practice persuading one another. There are 16 cards of each color scheme below. The teal/purple cards are related to school, the orange/yellow cards are related to home, and the green/pink cards are just general topics about life. Click here or on any of the pictures to download.
I also want to share a quick desk cleaning tip that has been such a time saver the past couple of years. You know how when student's peel off their name tags there is this awful sticky residue underneath at times? For years, I scraped the desks with Goo Gone, used Brillo pads, etc. and then a couple of years ago I discovered these Lysol Dual Action Wipes. The key is dual action. They are a regular wipe on one side and then have a rough texture on the other. I give each kid a wipe and they are able to scrub off the stickiness themselves with no problem! I promise they are worth the money.