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Old 01-01-2006, 04:03 PM
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To get your kids started you could have them:
Take a piece of paper and write supplies, rules, fun stuff on the paper in three columns. Under each heading list three things your classroom needs. For example under rules it could be allowing gun, no line cutting.. or for Fun Stuff it could be Hat Day, a field trip, longer recess.. Then have them pick an idea to write about...

The next assignment could entail look at school needs and community needs. You could teach writing an opinion sentence and then how to gather reasons to support opinion.

Then the kids could create a persuasive poster (to entice people to come to an event -- like the PTA meeting or basketball game).

Finally give them a formal prompt like: Some people believe recess should be shorter. What do you think? Write a persuasive essay that tells whether you think school recesses should be shorter or stay the same. Five reasons for your opinion.
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