Lesson Plan Title : Letter to a Leprechaun
Age Range: Grade 3 through grade 5 (Elementary)
Overview and Purpose: There's a Leprechaun in your room who has gold to share, but the students must convince him why he should share it with them. Students practice their persuasive writing and are rewarded for their effort with a sweet treat.
Objective: The student will be able to write a persuasive letter to a Leprechaun convincing him to share his gold.
Gold chocolate coins
Ask the students what they would do with a pot of gold. Explain that you know a very sneaky Leprechaun who has a lot of gold he could share, but that they're going to have to convince them to part with it. Have them write three or four paragraphs persuading the Leprechaun to share his gold with them. When they are finished, have them share their writing with the class. Afterwards, share some of your chocolate gold coins.
Some students may not be comfortable sharing in front of the class, consider allowing those students to turn their papers into you or to share in a smaller group. You can extend this activity beyond just persuasive writing, by having students proofreading and edit their pages and then type them on the computer.