WebQuest: The Power of Persuasive Writing

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This WebQuest challenges you to investigate techniques of persuasive writing and critical reading skills.  It allows you to strengthen your technology skills, exercise your creativity, practice your research skills, and visit newspaper editorials to discriminate between fact from opinion. You will examine advertisments, deconstruct them, and intrepret techniques used to persuade; you will explore ways that persuasive writing manipulates the consumer. Finally you will demonstrate your new knowledge and insight into persuasive writing by creating your own example of an advertisment. When you finish, you will be a better consumer and a better communicator. You will read more carefully and discern between what you think and what others want you to think. You will be more articulate at persuasion. Maybe you want to be a salesperson, an ad designer, or work in politics. You might just want to convince your teacher to change the room layout. Persuasive techniques can work for you. All of these skills presented in this WebQuest will be highly valuable to you all of your life.

Kahlil Gibran:
"Say not, 'I have found the truth,' but rather, 'I have found a truth.'"

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Content Standards:  Language Arts Standard 1
Demonstrates competence in the general skills and strategies of the writing process 
Language Arts Standard 2
Demonstrates competence in the stylistic and rhetorical aspects of writing 
Language Arts Standard 3
Uses grammatical and mechanical conventions in written compositions 

For even more standards that this webquest addressess, see: http://www.mcrel.org/compendium/Standard.asp?SubjectID=7


This project was created by Betsy Norris (English) and Donna Brock (Social Studies).  This WebQuest is used with their five middle school classes that they share throughout the day.  
updated 6-30-01