The Barrow Media Center is sponsoring our very first persuasive writing contest. The contest starts now through February 10th. All entries are due by 3PM on February 10th. Students in any grade at Barrow may enter. This contest supports the Georgia Performance Writing Standards that grades 1-5 are working on during 3rd quarter and it is an extension of our Picture Book Month celebration from November. Students are asked about the following topic: Picture books….important for today’s kids or not? Essays must be 500 words or less and preferably typed. Students can use any resources as inspiration, but we recommend the picture book month website and the New York Times article, Picture Books No Longer a Staple for Today’s Kids. Consider using persuasive writing techniques such as big names, playing into emotions, building trust, using facts and numbers, and backing up your stance with reputable research. We will award certificates to the top essays in Prek-1st, 2nd-3rd, and 4th-5th. The top essays will also be recorded for our blog and morning broadcast. The media center will also hold writing workshops for whole classes and small groups on persuasive writing and conference with students on their writing prior to entering the contest. We can’t wait to see what students come up with.