Persuasive Writing Across the Curriculum

Contributor: Delaine Thomas. Lesson ID: 12324

Writing is writing, math is math, history is history. What does one have to do with the other? The common thread is that all subjects deal with proof and persuasion. So, you'd better learn the OREO!



English / Language Arts
learning style
Auditory, Visual
personality style
Lion, Beaver
Grade Level
Intermediate (3-5)
Lesson Type
Dig Deeper

Lesson Plan - Get It!


If you could go back in time and experience an event in history to write about, what would it be? How would you convince others why it is important? Is that just your opinion or can you prove it?

Persuasive writing is writing used to convince the reader to believe your point of view or to change his or her mind on a topic of interest.

During this series of lessons, Persuasive Writing, you have learned how to write a persuasive paragraph and essay on a particular topic. You have also practiced using strong adjectives and action verbs, and to be careful to not write sentence fragments or run-on sentences.

Before moving on, you can review or complete the previous Related Lessons found in the right-hand sidebar.

It is easy to only associate writing with your language arts classes; however, you will most likely write in all of your subject areas. Even in math, you can write to explain how you solved a problem or how to use a comples function. During this lesson, you will view some writing from other subject areas in preparation for your final essay.

Take out a piece of paper and pencil. Write the letters "O," "R," "E," "O" going down the left side of your paper, with one letter on each line. As you watch OREO – Adventures in Writing Camp, write down what each of the letters represents in the order of a persuasive essay:


The video was just a fun way to review what you need to include in your essay.

The first "O" stood for your opinion. That is the first thing you write in your essay. This is written in the introductory paragraph along with your three reasons briefly stated.

The "R" stands for reasons. These are broken down one-at-a-time in three separate paragraphs explaining why you have the opinion you do.

The "E" stands for evidence. In the paragraphs used to write your reasons, you need to give evidence or facts that support your reasons. Evidence is not something you make up yourself; it is from your research, whether from a book or a website.

The last "O" in OREO reminds you to restate your opinion once again with a last push to get the reader to agree with you.

That is the basic outline for your essay.

Continue to the Got It? section, where you will select your topic and write your essay.

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