Frank K. Hehnly third graders in Ms. Guarino and Ms. Cemelli’s classes recently engaged in a persuasive writing lesson that had some “spooky” results. Students were asked to brainstorm detail rich words about what a haunted house might look like through their eyes.
Using learned writing skills, students produced detailed stories about their haunted houses. In addition, students were asked to create representations of their houses, using any creative means of their choice. The unit of study was topped off with a presentation for parents, who were invited to listen to the students, as real estate agents, “sell” their haunted houses.
“The students were very motivated for this activity and wrote very creative pieces,” explained Ms. Guarino. “Students wrote detailed descriptions of their houses and had a lot of fun while doing it.”
“We were really proud of the students’ writing pieces, their unique creations, and of the persuasive manner in which they presented their real estate. It was a wonderful experience all around,” added Ms. Cemelli.
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