Persuasive letters with rubric Freebie

In years past, to teach persuasive writing, I've had kids write letters to their parents trying to convince them to buy a pet. I'm thinking of doing this again within the next couple of weeks. I spruced up my worksheet with some frames and KPM doodles clip art. I thought I'd share it with you all.

To begin, I read this hilariously adorable book:

In this book a boy writes letters to his mom trying to convince her to get him an iguana. The mom writes back to him giving him reasons why he shouldn't. He keeps coming back with more reasons to convince her. It's perfect for introducing persuasive writing. 

I thought we'd use this to brainstorm ideas for our letter:

frames by That Girl and scrappincop

In the center, they will write the animal of their choice. Then they would answer the questions  in each box to get ideas for their letter. 

This version below is slightly different. The last box has a different question. I'm not sure which I want to use yet, so included both. 

Then, they'll write their letter: 

I made another version without the clipart for you all in case the page looked too "busy" (and there are two different choices for the title). 

I also made two writing rubrics to help with grading these persuasive letters. There are only two small differences between the two rubrics. One is traditional 6 writing traits and the other has a separate spelling section in place of word choice.  

I thought I'd share this with you all for free if you can use it! You can download this at my Teacher's Notebook Store or my TPT store. 

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  1. This is great. I'm going to use it with my class this week. Thanks!

  2. This is absolutely fantastic! Thanks so much for the freebie. I can't wait to do this!

    Lori (
    Teaching With Love and Laughter

  3. This is absolutely darling! Thanks for sharing!

  4. Hey Sarah, I actually to the same in my class with this book. We began this last week and will continue this week. I have a graphic organizer where I have them state their 3 reasons and a "knock down" for example, I know you think I want take care of it but...(they love writing them)

    I also read Earrings! or Mommy can I please of Stegosaurus, please to compare the difference between whining and persuading. My kids really get a kick out of it!! Thanks for the cute letter stationary. I love the rubric. Did you see the author of I wanna Iguana's new book, I wanna New Room, Its equally as cute :)

  5. Perfect timing and I GREATLY APPRECIATE you sharing your fabulous hard work!!!!! I cannot wait to use this!!

  6. THis is GREAT, Sarah!
    Thanks for sharing. I think I'll add that book to my Amazon wish list :)

    Grade ONEderful
    Ruby Slippers Blog Designs

  7. These are FABULOUS freebies!!! Thank you so much for sharing them.

    1st Grade with Miss Snowden

  8. These are great! I just put together a mini-unit on Cats and Dogs! That is a great debate for kids...which do they like the best?
    Thank you for sharing! I love your blog!
    Literacy Minute

  9. Thank you so much for sharing! I am read this book today and we made a chart about what makes his letters so persuasive. Tomorrow we are going to start on our own persuasive letters. These are perfect for their writing! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

  10. Thank you for this freebie! I absolutely love it. I will definitely use this!

  11. Thank you for sharing! I also enjoyed how you included a cover page explaining how to use each page and the book you used!

  12. I so love this! I'm going to have to use it for pet week. Thanks a bunch!

  13. I love this! I'm being observed by my principal tomorrow morning (at this time of the year...YIKES!) and I'm using this lesson. Found the book at the library and I'm good to go. Thanks for sharing all the freebies! :)

  14. Found this via Pinterest...LOVE this!! Thanks so much for sharing!! I'm now a new follower!

    Crazy Daze in First Grade