Modeling Persuasive Writing

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Hey, Little Ant*

by Phillip and Hannah Hoose

A great model of argument and counter argument in a fun story about a boy who is about to step on an ant, and an ant's plea to be spared.


I Wanna Iguana

by Karen Kaufman Orloff

Another great model of argument and counter argument written through a series of letters (informal ones) between a boy and his mom


Dear Mrs. LaRue Letters from Obedience School and Dear Mrs. LaRue Letters from the Investigation

by Mark Teague

Very engaging, (the kids' favorite). The argument/counter argument in these isn't quite as blatant as in some of the other books though. The story is told mostly through an exchange of letters (informal ones).


I Am Too Absolutely Small for School

by Lauren Child

This book has good arguments and counter arguments but the topic of trying to get a little sister to go to school might not be quite as engaging as some of the others

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