As in past years, I gave the students a writing prompt yesterday to get a baseline of their writing skills. Their pieces will be scored holistically using the state rubric. We'll give them another prompt in early June to measure their progress for the year.
The topic was the same as it has been the last three 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 tie for most wanted:
In addition to those two, it was cool to see several other authors represented, as well.
Of course there was no shortage of entertainers, although it's hard for the kids to find convincing reasons for some to speak to our students. They really just want a free show.
Not surprisingly, there were a lot of athletes, too:
And then there were a few others.
Tito from the county drug prevention program
Notch (the guy who designed Minecraft)