This week we’ve been kicking off our first persuasive writing contest in the media center. Students are writing persuasive essays about whether or not picture books are important for today’s kids. You can learn more about the contest in this video.
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We’ve talked about the contest on our morning BTV show, but we’re also holding lessons on persuasive writing in the media center. A first grade class came and imagined what the library would be like without picture books. They made a brainstorm list about what might be good or bad about this. That list was a spark to begin thinking about their writing. We also read Keiko Kasza’s Ready for Anything and pointed out persuasive techniques used in the story.
Today, a 5th grade class came and viewed a slideshow of persuasive strategies. Then, they split at tables and read the NY Times article about picture books and essays on the Picture Book Month website using the iPad. They organized their research into a 2-column chart, for picture books and against picture books. Many of them said they would continue this research at home. The teacher plans to schedule a writing workshop time with the media center for students who are interested in the contest. These students will have time to do more research, write, and conference with me about their writing.
A kindergarten teacher has also scheduled time for a small group to meet with me to work on their writing for the contest.