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Tuesday, February 4, 2014

How Can I Persuade You?

The art of persuasion! We see it everywhere! From movies, TV, writing, and GASP! our own children!

The conversation I had with my children a few weeks ago:

Child: Mommy, can I have a rabbit? Like Dr. Colosso? (If you don't know, it's this rabbit character on a teen show on Nickelodeon)

Me: Absolutely not! You will not clean it! Or feed it! Plus, they smell!

Child: But I promise to clean it and feed it. We will take care of it every day and take it in the bathroom with us. 

Me: The answer is no and my answer isn't going to change.

Child: What if we get rid of the cats and I pay you?

Me: What??? End of conversation! Go to your room and clean it!

Please tell me you've had similar conversations and someone is trying to persuade you (I'm sure you're child or the Alumni people whom I love but starting a donation at $500 and then going to $300 is no better! Sorry! Do you know what my job is? LOL!) to do something or buy something.  Well, my kiddos got a chance to persuade people to take their pets to their pet business! Yup! My kids were going to start a pet business!!!

A few weeks ago I did an author study on Marc Brown, the author of Arthur!  That's a bit of a tongue twister, eh? The class LOVED it! I myself love the character and the stories. If you don't have a good Arthur collection, you must start accumulating the books as they as a huge hit in mine. But as Sophia (from the Golden Girls) says, I digress.... and I started out with the book

in mind. I didn't want to read the book right away and wanted to grab their attention so I showed them this cute Puppies 101 video first:

I promise that you *might* want a dog after watching this cute video! So, we watched this first and then read the Arthur book and discussed the reasons why Arthur should have a pet-- how did he (through his actions) convince his parents that he was responsible enough to have a pet? We charted some ideas. 

Then I informed the students that they were going to be opening a pet business of their own and they had to come up with reasons to persuade people to bring their pets to them! They were so excited, you would have thought they were really taking care of pets! They worked on bubble maps for these!

Did you see the great prices they were offering? And then they made brochures for their businesses with their persuasive details! 

I was simply amazed at their finished projects!

Would you like to do this with your class? Just click on the brochure cover below to download the bubble map and brochure for FREE! Please be sure to print the brochure double sided. :-)

Hope you and your kiddos enjoy this writing project as much as we did! I'm always amazed at their creativity! Don't forget to enter my " Love is Grand!" giveaway on my FB! You need to "like" my status and then comment on what made you fall in love with your significant other (or if you haven't found that special someone, one trait you are looking for!). I have just fallen in love with all the comments!!! The contest ends Friday!!! <3 Good luck! Make sure you leave your e-mail addresses, too! Have a great week! 


  1. Ssssssssssssssssssssoooooooooooooooooooooo cute!!!!

  2. Thank you so much for sharing! :) I have that book in my Opinion Writing basket but wasn't sure yet how I was going to use it. The brochures will be perfect.

  3. I ❤️ everything I have seen of yours‼️‼️ Most of all, though, I ❤️ the down to earth view that 1rsties have age appropriate struggles and we want them to "self monitor" their learning⁉️ In light of that , a little at a time makes sense, of course❗️ Finally, just a wee hint for your dental health post: ( you probably have this covered by now). It's "Whose Smile."