Inspire Donations to Those in Need

Subject: ELA (English Language Arts)

Lesson Length: 45 mins

Topic: Persuasive Writing

Grade Level: 5, 6

Standards / Framework:

Brief Description: Students will practice persuasive writing while inspiring others to donate to charities or people in need with this lesson on giving back.

Know Before You Start: It helps if students understand the elements of persuasive writing before you start, but you can introduce them through this lesson as well.


  • Read and discuss the sample comic. Have you ever seen anyone in dire need of help?  Why is it difficult to help those in need sometimes?

  • Discuss elements of effective  persuasive writing such as stating a clear opinion, supporting that opinion with facts and statistics, using emotional appeal, telling a story or anecdote, addressing objections, etc.


  • Have students choose an area of need to write about. For example, they may choose to write about the houseless, those in hospitals, elderly citizens who are homebound, animal rescues, etc. 

  • Have students define a specific opinion about this need. For example, I believe that we should better help the houseless in our community. 

  • Have students create a comic that inspires others to give back and help address this need. 

  • The comic should support their opinion with facts and statistics, inspirational quotes, and anecdotes that inspire readers to help those in need.

  • The comic should also include specific ideas on how the reader can help.


  • Have students share their finished comics with the class.

  • Comics can be printed and added to a “Giving Back” display.


  • Students can work independently, in groups, or with a partner.

  • Allow students to use the speech-to-text feature as needed.

  • Print the sample comic for student reference.

Resources: Comic to print or display: Comic.

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