by Maryela Saucedo, SWJH
Persuasion is all around us. This WebQuest is designed to give you and your students the opportunity to look at persuasive documents, articles and editorials. Being able to distinguish between fact, and opinion provides us with the tools to be successful in our society. Students will have the opportunity to use their critical reading skills to review websites and gather factual information to incorporate in a persuasive essay.
Teaching persuasive writing is usually done by having students write a letter to a senator, or look at advertisements to locate persuasive techniques to then create their own. However, issues such as child labor are rarely integrated into persuasive writing. By having students investigate the issues affecting children all over the world, they are able to acknowledge and value the opportunities and privileges they have. It is important to teach students that persuasion is a powerful tool which is used to not only manipulate people into buying products but also to change laws and society for the better.