Great Ideas: “Would you like to buy a box?”

Enhance students’ persuasive writing and public-speaking skills with this fun activity

Here is a unique way to have students practice persuasive writing and public speaking skills.

My sixth-graders work on persuasive writing skills, and one project I have them do is to create a new cereal. Students use old, empty cereal boxes and design a box for their new cereal. The students then learn about persuasive writing techniques and incorporate those techniques in the commercial for their new cereal. Students present their cereal box and commercial to class, trying to “persuade” us to purchase! A fun lesson and creative way to express their persuasive ability!

~ Submitted by Melissa Kish, Teacher, grades 5 and 6 at Our Lady of the Lake School, Euclid, Ohio

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