Day 27 SOL19
I am teaching my Class 1 students how to write in a persuasive style.
I don’t think they have much clue about the art of persuasion in their daily lives. I am fairly sure all they know is being told ‘do this, don’t do that’ and they either do it or they don’t. I’m sure there is no talk in their homes of “………., don’t you think you should eat some more rice?” or “Wouldn’t you like to help me by carrying your little brother on your back for ten more minutes while I finish cooking dinner?”
So I am trying to show them what it means to write persuasively. I think it might be good to look at advertisements and then they can try to write their own advertisement and persuade someone to buy their product.
Hmmm, problem, where do these kids see an advertisement? The only one I’ve seen in town is a huge billboard advertising cement (because everyone dreams of building their house out of concrete, as that means you’re successful and rich – even though concrete houses here look like big ugly boxes to me). This advert has a picture of the most recent Indian athlete, originally from this area, to win a medal at an international event, usually in weightlifting or boxing.. Because cement equals STRONG. But my kids don’t have concrete houses and are not really aspiring to or interested in such a concept.
If they watch anything on TV it is Cartoon Network or Nickelodeon and all of the commercials are totally mindless and aimed at the middle class, so forget about those.
The only things I can think of are basic items like food and drink or soap or toothpaste – stuff that they will see in the local stores. I discount sweets as a bad idea and tea, even though everyone drinks it, because as a non-tea enthusiast, I’m not sure how to advertise packet tea in an exciting way! (Any ideas or thoughts on other items for the future would be gratefully accepted!)
So we prepare to write.
If I give them a choice, they would most likely all select the same item, so I divide up the available choices around the table, you write about juice, you write about biscuits, you write about jam, you can write about toothpaste, you can write about soap and so on.
Pencils poised above their notebooks.
“So now, you need to think of a good name for your juice, what are you going to call it?”
We get through that one, with quite a bit of assistance.
“So now you need to tell everyone why they need to buy your jam, what’s so special about it?”
“It’s sweet.” Yes, we’re getting there! We brainstorm a few more words like, tasty, crunchy, sparkly, yummy and we’re on our way!
After writing out and illustrating their advertisements, they present their persuasive writing to the rest of the school. They are a little rushed and breathless, but it goes well.
These kids are just the best!