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Old 04-05-2009, 12:46 PM
 
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What are your students' favorite persuasive writing topics?


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Old 04-05-2009, 02:56 PM
 
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Anything to do with persuading me or the principal or any other adult to do something different for them at school. Different food in the cafeteria, recess should be longer, etc.
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I LOVE Batman (and my kids know it)! I had them write a persuasive paper trying to convince me that another superhero was better. They really got into the assingment and I had well written papers that were 3 full pages long! I used it as a persuasive paper as well as focusing on compare and contrast.
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All of the above. I especially agree with those that advocate for change within their own little worlds -- essays/letters to principals, student council, parents, etc. That's what I normally do with my fifth-graders.

With my sixth-graders this year (I teach both grade leveles), I asked them to persuade me on that one item that they could not live without. Wow, were the essays INTERESTING. I got responses from "cell phones" to "Ipods" to "books" to "my blankie." I loved reading them and they provided us with a different avenue for writing other than the usual "can we have more recess" topics.

Another good one that I have used is to ask students to think of what three rules every school should have, or what privilege should they receive that no other grade level should get.

rhstr3, I love that you are doing a Superhero comparison/contrast. I'm doing c/c with my kids right now and several of them are hugely into comparing Superman to Batman. I admit, we're really torn up about whether or not Batman is a superhero or is just a regular guy with really cool toys. The discussion/debate has been quite interesting!


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Old 04-10-2009, 06:59 PM
 
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I have done the hot topics with the principal/teacher to change things, those are good. However, the best papers I ever read were the ones where they had to persuade their parents to change their bedtime or raise their allowance.

I also read somewhere (Maybe on here last year??) about writing directors abotu turning their favorite book into a movie.
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Old 04-12-2009, 02:13 PM
 
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Old 04-25-2009, 01:58 PM
 
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this year's WR had many topics for "debate". My students enjoyed writing on this idea: Schools should not have grades (meaning 3rd, 4th, 5th) but rather allow students to study and move forward at own pace.
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