Grade 5 students have recently been working on opinion writing. Making a case for something they feel passionate about, students wrote an article and shared it with a person of influence.
"We discussed audience and for whom we write. Some students picked Mr. Wray, Ms. Mitchell, and other school-based people," explains Iliana Sucre, G5 teacher. "Other students chose to go much bigger and have written to the NBA, Mayor Booth, the Minister of Education, and the makers of Minecraft!"
Jamie B laid out a persuasive argument for why kids should have their own room (less noise being one reason!) while Mia Z tackled the hot topic of getting a phone. Jamie sent her article to John Wray who provided constructive feedback about incorporating and acknowledging the space constraints faced by many families. Her second draft embraced this input and delved deeper into some of the barriers that families might face with her idea. You can read her final article here.
Mia logically laid out three solid arguments for getting a phone in Grade 6 in her piece: emergencies, friends, and responsibilities. She reflects that "having a phone means you have to be trustworthy though, so make sure you can prove that you’re capable of gaining your parents' trust with a cell phone first!" Read more here.
Not only was the exercise of this writing piece important learning, so was the process of taking a bit of a risk to send it out to a wider audience. "Students are all really proud of having a 'real' person read their work, instead of just me!" adds Ms. Sucre.