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Unusual Friendly Letters

A R.A.F.T. assignment that relies on
persuasive writing techniques


Student Writer Instructions:

In Dear Mrs. LaRue: Letters from Obedience School, Ike the dog writes friendly letters to attempt to persuade his owner that he should be allowed to come home. 

Ike describes each day of obedience school from his point-of-view.  He uses great word choices when describing the sights and sounds of each day.  He tries to convince his owner, Mrs. LaRue, how he must be allowed to come home at once.

Using the friendly-letter format, you will be writing a letter that attempts to be persuasive today.  You will write the letter from the point-of-view of something or someone interesting.

Press the button below and look at your choices.   The first noun is the Role from whose point-of-view you will be writing your letter.  The Audience is the person or thing that will receive the letter.  What might the letter writer convince the audience to do? 

As part of your letter's body, you might describe a day in the life Role you have picked.  Be creative and use your sense of humor when writing your letter.  Try to persuade your Audience “to do” or “not to do something.”

Writer’s Challenge:  Read your letter to a friend.  See how long it takes your friend to guess what the Role and Audience were that inspired your friendly letter.


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Format for this writing: a friendly letter

Topic: Persuade your letter's
Audience to behave differently

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