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The Power of Persuasion

Posted by Richard Scott on 15th January 2010

Welcome to 2010!

Our classes are currently focusing on writing persuasive essays and so far it’s been a fascinating experience.

We’ve explored the world of print, television, and Internet advertising, we’ve created our own ads, we’ve debated both sides of issues, and we’ve spent two days in the media center researching our topics for persuasive essays.

THE TOPICS:

1. Should CMS students be allowed to chew gum at school? If so, why, where and when? Did you know the school spent $6,000 removing gum from desks and computers two years ago?

2. Should CMS students follow a dress code at school? If not, why? If so, what should the dress code be?

3. Should CMS students wear school uniforms? If not, why? If so, what should the uniform be?

4. Should CMS students attend school year around? Some schools go to school for nine weeks and then take a three-week break and repeat this cycle throughout the school year.

5. Should CMS switch to a four-day school week? If so, how should the schedule work so we spend enough time in class? 

6. Should CMS students be allowed to use cell phones or mp3 players at school? If so, why, where, and when? What should the rules be?

Our essays are due on Jan. 21 (barring snow days, monkey invasions, or other unforseen circumstances), but for now feel free to post your opinion on any of these issues. Remember, the key to a persuasive essay isn’t your topic or your opinion, it’s your ability to support your position with reasons, facts, and examples.

For those of you who still want to research these topics, here are the links for each:

PERSUASIVE LINKS 2010

 

1. Should CMS students be allowed to chew gum at school?

If so, why, where and when? Did you know the school spent $6,000 removing gum from desks and computers two years ago?

 

 

http://www.educationworld.com/a_curr/shore/shore012.shtml

 

http://hazelmccallionsr.peelschools.org/Quest/gum.htm

 

http://aacstudents.org/node/249

 

http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_m1571/is_13_18/ai_84804845/

 

 

 

2. Should CMS students follow a dress code at school?

If not, why? If so, what should the dress code be?

 

http://www.fresno.edu/scholars_speak/key_and_wilder/

 

http://www.nytimes.com/1995/10/05/nyregion/uncool-in-school-dress-code-debate.html?pagewanted=1

 

http://www.psparents.net/Dress_Codes.htm

 

 

            3. Should CMS students wear school uniforms?

                        If not, why? If so, what should the uniform be?

 

http://kids.lovetoknow.com/wiki/Pros_and_Cons_of_School_Uniforms

 

http://www.psparents.net/Dress_Codes.htm

 

http://www.youdebate.com/DEBATES/school_uniforms.HTM

 

 

            4. Should CMS students attend school year around?

Some schools go to school for nine weeks and then take a three-week break and repeat this cycle throughout the school year.

 

http://www.pbs.org/newshour/extra/features/july-dec01/year-round.html

 

http://www.kidsource.com/education/teach.year.round.html

 

http://www.summermatters.com/

 

http://www.nayre.org/

 

 

            5. Should CMS switch to a four-day school week?

                        If so, how should the schedule work so we spend enough time in class?

 

http://www.associatedcontent.com/article/962826/pros_and_cons_of_a_four_day_school.html?cat=25

 

http://www.associatedcontent.com/article/1553391/how_would_a_4_day_school_week_affect.html?cat=25

 

www.principalspartnership.com/fourdayschoolweek.pdf

 

http://www.buffalonews.com/258/story/918110.html

 

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/29664981/

 

 

            6. Should CMS students be allowed to use cell phones or mp3 players at school?

                        If so, why, where, and when? What should the rules be?

 

http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/topstory/3308900.html

 

http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,133208,00.html

 

http://www.pbs.org/teachers/learning.now/2007/05/the_ipod_of_the_beholder_can_m.html

 

http://www.helium.com/debates/92065-should-children-have-cell-phones-at-school/side_by_side?page=30

 

http://educationaltechnology.ca/couros/536

 

http://educationaltechnology.ca/couros/483

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