Middle-school students can be asked to write persuasive essays about various complaints -- including school rules they believe are unfair -- retired educator Kathy King-Dickman suggests in this blog post. Letting students choose topics that matter to them can boost both their enthusiasm and motivation, King-Dickman writes. "Whether it comes from a second-grader pleading for a later bed time or a ninth-grader asking the world to not pollute, students feel the power in exercising their right to write," she notes.
Teaching the power of writing through persuasive essays
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