Preschool through IB Middle School

Persuasive "Essays"

Gemma Fagan, Preschool Teacher
“At the end of reasons comes persuasion” – Ludwig Wittgenstein

On Wednesday morning, one of the children asked if I would get out our apple peeling machine so that we could all peel, core, slice, and eat our own apples. First of all, I love that the children assume that I always just carry things such as an apple peeler and 14 apples with me - like perhaps I could just pull 14 apples out of my purse! Secondly, my response, as in all matters where I can’t think of a good reason to say no, was “Absolutely! However, in order to help me to remember, would you please write me a note that I can take home to help remind me to put it in my car?"
And so our first persuasive essays were born. The children were required to draw a picture and write a sentence about something that they would like to revisit in our classroom. The list includes themes that they would like to see again in the dramatic play area, specific activities that they would like to do again, books they would like to read, and places they would like to go.
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