As we read the story we talked about the two characters in the story and their points of view. Alex, the little boy, is trying to convince his mom to let him keep his friend's iguana, while mom is not sure that he is up to the responsibility of a new pet.
Afterwards I asked the students to pick a side. Should Alex's mother let him get an iguana?
Here are a few of their responses:
We already had experience writing persuasive letters asking for a class pet, but I really wanted them to focus on using details from the text.
Have you been working on point of view? What resources are you using?