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54 Persuasive Writing Prompts






I Need Some Persuasive Writing Prompts—  

From the time kids learn to speak, they begin forming arguments and working to persuade others to give them what they want. Of course, these arguments aren’t always as sophisticated as those of a skilled diplomat. Kids are likely to use reasons such as “because I want it,” or “because it would be fun.” As kids get older, it’s important to teach them how to form persuasive arguments based on logic and appeals to reason.

With these 54 new persuasive writing prompts, kids get the chance to think critically about persuasive arguments and to practice their persuasive techniques. With chances to pretend persuading their parents, siblings, teachers, and friends, students will learn how to consider the audience’s perspective when explaining their own reasoning.

Practicing persuasive writing helps kids become accustomed to stating their appeals and offering evidence for their arguments. This exercise also helps students understand how other people attempt to persuade them—whether it is a friend, classmate, or through advertising and the media.

Persuasive Writing Prompts for Students

Persuasive Writing Prompts

1. Persuade your parents to let you get a pet.
2. Persuade your parents to give you a week off from your chores.
3. Persuade your parents to take a family vacation.
4. Persuade your parents to buy you a new book.
5. Persuade your parents to let you redecorate your room.
6. Persuade your parents to let you stay up late.
7. Persuade your parents to extend your time to watch TV or be on the computer.
8. Persuade your parents to let you have a friend stay the night.
9. Persuade your parents to let you open a Christmas or birthday present early.
10. Persuade your parents to go out for dinner tonight.
11. Persuade your sister or brother to play a game with you.
12. Persuade your sister or brother to do one of your chores for you.
13. Persuade your sister or brother to let you borrow one of their favorite toys or shirts.
14. Persuade your sister or brother to play a joke on your parents with you.
15. Persuade your sister or brother to help you with your homework.
16. Persuade your sister or brother to help you clean your room.
17. Persuade your sister or brother to help you talk your parents into something you want to do.
18. Persuade your sister or brother to spend the afternoon doing what you want.
19. Persuade your sister or brother to do a favor for you.
20. Persuade your sister or brother to save up for something special together.
21. Persuade your teacher to let the class work on an assignment with partners.
22. Persuade your teacher to give everyone a night off from homework.
23. Persuade your teacher to have class outside.
24. Persuade your teacher to end class early.
25. Persuade your teacher to give the class a reward for a job well done.
26. Persuade your teacher to take a field trip.
27. Persuade your teacher to let the class bring snacks.
28. Persuade your teacher to have a “show and tell” day.
29. Persuade your teacher to give out homework passes for good grades.
30. Persuade your teacher to let the class have a party.
31. Persuade your friend to trade lunches with you.
32. Persuade your friend to try something new together.
33. Persuade your friend to do what you want at recess.
34. Persuade your friend to invite someone new to hang out with you both.
35. Persuade your friend to listen to your favorite band or to read your favorite book.
36. Persuade your friend to let you borrow something special of his or hers.
37. Persuade your friend to watch the movie you want.
38. Persuade your friend to join a new club or group with you.
39. Persuade your friend to work on schoolwork together.
40. Persuade your friend to stay the night at your house.
41. What is the best way to persuade someone?
42. Are you good at persuading people? Why or why not?
43. Write about a time when you successfully persuaded someone. How did you do it?
44. What would you do if you tried to persuade someone and they didn’t agree?
45. Why is it important to present your argument kindly and respectfully?
46. What does it mean to persuade someone?
47. What strategies do you use to persuade people?
48. What are some instances in which people try to persuade each other?
49. Are some people easier to persuade than others? Why or why not?
50. What is the best way for someone to persuade you? Why does this method work?
51. How can you persuade someone without taking advantage of him or her?
52. What can you offer people in exchange for doing what you want?
53. If you could persuade your parents to do anything, what would it be? Why?
54. There is an old saying that says, “You catch more flies with honey than vinegar.” What do you think this means? How does it relate to persuading someone?

As kids answer each prompt and attempt each practice argument, encourage them to back up their appeal with at least three logical reasons. Ask students to consider their audience and to choose reasons that will appeal to each person’s perspective. With an understanding of persuasive tactics and practice in presenting their arguments, kids will improve their critical thinking skills and become better at expressing what they want.





About the Author
Jill Schoenberg is the author of the award winning books Journal Buddies: A Girl’s Journal for Sharing and Celebrating Magnificence and Journal Buddies: A Boys Journal for Discovering and Sharing Excellence, available from Amazon.com.

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