Panda Pants

November 18, 2016

by Jacqueline Davies
Illustrated by Sydney Hanson

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Panda wants to wear pants.  Father Panda doesn’t agree.  Read to find out how this little Panda tries to persuade his father.

Use this to teach:

  • Dialogue (no speech bubbles or quotation punctuation, though)
  • Persuasive Writing
  • Using illustrations to help tell the story

Really—this one is a just a great read aloud!

National Geographic Science: Persuasive Text BIG BOOKS!

April 19, 2016

We have three new big books in the Lowell Library published by National Geographic Learning.  Each is a persuasive text and would be an excellent mentor text when teaching primary students how to write persuasive pieces.

The titles are:

  • Summer is the Best! (seasons)
  • Take Care of Earth! (environment)
  • We Need More Trees! (life cycles)


Summer is the Best! is written in simple sentences.  Each persuasive sentence then has three supporting simple sentences.

  • For example: The weather is warm in summer.  You can play outside.  You can eat outside. You can sell lemonade.

We Need More Trees! has a main argument that we need more trees.  The rest of the book then contains reasons why more trees are necessary and how trees help the Earth.  It is a step more advanced than Summer is the Best! The supporting sentences are not as explicit as in the summer book.  Great for grades 1-3.

Take Care of Earth! is a more advanced text great for third or fourth grade writers.  It has persuasive sentences followed by research on why their persuasive sentence is necessary.  Each page also has an insert that explains what students can do to help out.


  • Pair these books with your persuasive writing units to tie in environmental concepts.
  • Click for more information on this titleUse this book with Learning about Fact and Opinion by Martha E. H. Rustad to distinguish the different ways writers use facts and opinions in their persuasive pieces.
  • Intermediate grades could also use this text to teach the basics of bias in persuasive writing.