Early in the week, I posed the question to the class, “What is a story?” This led to some really interesting discussion and wonderings. After some whole-class talk, Dani stopped everyone when she asked, “Are non-fiction books still important since we have the Internet now?” Everyone started talking to their neighbour about their opinions, which set up a lovely inquiry for the remainder of the lesson.
Students chose a side and started completing a graphic organizer to get their arguments and reasoning in order.
The next day, students were introduced to the persuasive essay format, complete with well-written paragraphs and transition words. Pairs then used their graphic organizer to inform their essays, and these are beautifully written pieces!
Everyone was so engaged! Great writing, Legendary Legends!