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.

Know Before You Start: Students should 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 and addressing objections.


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

  • Have students define a specific opinion about this need, e.g., 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.


  • Allow students to use the speech-to-text feature.
  • Allow students to use the voiceover feature to read their comics aloud.
  • Allow students to work in pairs or groups as needed.

  • Print the sample comic for student reference.

  • Provide a list of community needs from which to choose.


  • Comic to print or display: Comic.

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