Reading or writing persuasive text?
Try this simple structure for summarizing a passage or creating your own.

What-Why-How Do you Know Graphic Organizer from HIP Books

Good persuasive writing requires writers to not only state opinions, but also to provide evidence to support those opinions.  An organizational structure such as “What, Why and How Do You Know?” encourages writers to provide facts and statistics behind their rationales.

What? The opinion or thesis

Why?  The reasons behind the opinion

How do you know?  Facts, statistics and other evidence to support the reasons.

Other people might say… But I say… invites writers to anticipate – and refute – potential arguments.

Click here or on the image to download the graphic organizer.

Read more about the Persuasive/Argumentative text structure.

You can find this I DO, WE DO, YOU DO lesson – and a complete unit on Persuasive Writing – in Lori’s book Marvelous Minilessons for Teaching Intermediate Writing, Grades 3-8.

What, Why and How Do You Know?
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