One of my favorite activities we did last November was a really fun persuasive writing assignment from Anna Brantley’s Writing All Year Long. This resources has provided some amazing writing resources for my students. Persuasive writing is particularly hard for my kids. There is a lot that goes into – forming an opinion, perspective taking, selection of necessary details, jeez I’m tried just writing all of those goals. Children with autism struggle with perspective taking so this is a great activity to work on both social/emotional skills and academics.
For this activity, we pretended we were turkeys (perspective taking!) and wrote about why people should eat more chicken. This also tied in some work on cause/effect because we had to identify what would happen if people ate more chicken. We used the graphic organizer to get started and that helped my students a lot!
Then the crafting began! We made some mega turkeys out of cardboard boxes for the hallways decor! Then we gave the turkeys some picketing signs which are hilarious and then added cause/effect thought bubbles.
Our hallways were rocking! The big mama turkey made it super amazing!
Check out this great thought bubble. My guys are freaking great!