Hi everyone! I've been reading posts on A to Z for quite some time and I finally decided to create an account! I need some help... I have been teaching for 3 years, all as an elementary teacher. I originally wanted to be a middle school English teacher, but after searching for a year with no luck I was offered a 3rd grade position 40 miles from home and I've been there ever since. This year I applied to teach in the district where I live and went to school. It's a really prestigious district. To my surprise I was contacted by 2 principals within 3 days from this district! The schools are both 5 minutes from my house and sure beats the 80 miles round trip that I drive currently! I received one of the calls this past Wednesday from AP asking if I could come in Thursday (yes, the very next day!) to interview for a 7th grade ELA/Writing position for next year! Of course I said yes, and I went in to the interview on Thursday. I couldn't have asked for the interview to go any better. It was perfect. I walked away with a great feeling. At the end of the interview the principal said don't be surprised if I don't hear anything for a while because state testing is next week on Tuesday and Wednesday. Anyway, I drive home and have just enough time to get out of my interview clothes and I hear my phone ringing an sure enough it's the school! The AP called and said all the administrators were very impressed with me and I did an outstanding job on my interview. She asked me if there was any way I could come in on Thursday and do a sample lesson because they really liked what they heard during the interview. Of course I said yes! I'm so excited! Now here's my question: Does anyone know of a fun, hands-on way (or at least interactive) to introduce persuasive writing? It has to be on persuasive writing. The demo lesson is for a full class period, which is 50 minutes. I really need it to be engaging considering it will be 7am in the morning and the day after state testing. Any other general tips? It's very new to me since I've only been an elementary teacher. I do plan on having a bell work activity as well as an exit ticket. Any recommendations or thoughts would be helpful! Thanks so much!