Topic: Concise Yet Persuasive

Turkeys get nervous at this time of year. They have good reason. According to the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture, about 45 million of them are eaten on Thanksgiving.

If only turkeys could find another fate! For this assignment, pretend you are a turkey who can read and write. You are going to try to “sell” yourself as a pet in order to escape being someone’s holiday meal.

Begin by reading the “Pets for Sale or Adoption” section of the Classified Ads. Once you have a good idea of how those are written, write one to “sell” yourself as a fun household pet. Keep in mind that these ads cost money based on length. You must be convincing in as few words as possible. Sketch your outline and then write your final ad. Exchange with a partner to peer edit. Make suggestions for using fewer words while being persuasive.

Common Core Standard: Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development and organization are appropriate
to task, purpose, and audience

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