Consider the following quote:
“The greatest thing in this world is not so much where we are, but in what direction we are moving.” ~Oliver Wendell Holmes
What do you think Holmes meant when he wrote this?
Do you agree with him or disagree?
Make a “T” chart labeling one side agree and the other disagree.
Jot down ideas supporting each viewpoint in the appropriate column.
Look over your notes and decide which position you want to take.
Highlight the key points you wish to use in your essay and number them in the order in which you wish to use them.
Write an essay explaining whether or not you agree or disagree with Holmes’ quote, and explain why. When finished read it over and edit or revise as necessary.
Read what you’ve written with your writing partners or share as a comment here on the blog. Consider the strengths and weaknesses of each person’s arguments. As a group, brainstorm ways to make each person’s essay stronger.
English is a living language that evolves through use. However, some phrases commonly used in speech have not yet made their way to acceptance in written form. Here’s two: “alot” and “suppose to.”
When writing the correct form for each is:
Using these two terms correctly, write 1-3 paragraphs arguing for the way you think something should be done.
Remember when writing persuasively you don’t want to weaken your argument with squishy statements like: “I think,” “maybe,” or “I believe.” Be bold! State your thoughts.
And don’t forget to use the terms “supposed to” and “a lot.”
When done, share your writing with your writing partners or here on the blog. I’d love to see the interesting things you are willing to advocate for!
Which would you rather be a fish or a bird? Breakfast or dinner? A novel or a film?
Pick one of the above questions or create your own combination of items to compare.
Prewrite: List the pros and cons of either option.
Choose which of the two options you would rather be.
Write a three paragraph persuasive essay explaining which of the two options you would rather be and the reasons for your choice. Try to convince your reader that the option you have championed is the best.
When you’re done, share your writing with each other. Point out the strengths of each other’s writing. Post your response as a comment here on the site.
If you are working with a preschooler, ask the child which he or she would rather be and discuss why. Think up some pairings that would appeal to a small child’s interests. Have a real conversation together. Share your thoughts and ideas in response to the child’s.
P.S. Another comment option: share our own pairs of things to consider for this writing question.