As we do each year, I gave the students a writing prompt today to get a baseline of their writing skills. Their pieces will be scored holistically by the whole staff using the state rubric. We'll give them another prompt in early June to measure their progress for the year.
The topic today was the same as the last two years:
Your principal wants to invite a celebrity speaker to your school. Think about the celebrity you would choose to speak; then write a letter to persuade your principal to invite this person. Be sure to include convincing reasons and details to support your choice.
It's always fascinating to see who the kids want to invite. This year it was a runaway three-way tie for most wanted:
A couple of other folks had more than one or two votes, also:
And here are the rest, in no particular order:
A member of Seal Team Six
DJ Pauly D
A dolphin trainer for the movies
The Washington Nationals
The cast of The Vampire Diaries
The KoolAid Guy
Matthew Gray Gubler
Big Time Rush