Some late work counts as 50% credit, bumping kids to a D, which is passing. Some kids are happy because they are glad not to get an E. But, how can we allow students to turn in all of their work late but still have a passing grade? The kids that have D’ s don’t care about their work because even if they turn it in late, they can still get a passing grade. These kids have sort of twisted the grading system to benefit themselves. This can no longer be allowed.
Effective Persuasion Essentials Audience Awareness Clear Position Persuasive Language Organizational Structure
Persuasive Text Position Persuasive Language Assessment Audience Awareness Organizational Structures Persuasive text is recursive in nature. These essential elements are constantly working together to make the best case for the writer ’s position.
Audience Awareness Providing information an audience may need and/or anticipating an audience ’s point of view
Imagine you were a student, sitting in RELA when your teacher says , “Okay, get out your reading log.” You rustle around in your backpack for a while until you realize -- oh no! You left your homework at home, perfectly done.
I am writing this letter to persuade you to make a rule against turning in late homework assignments. At first that sounds unbearable for us kids, but when you really look at it you see it does more good than bad. Just simply turning in our homework on time prepares us for the hurdles life throws at us. Have you ever thought to look at it from the teacher’ s point of view? They shouldn’t have to grade a late assignment from last quarter. Having no late homework will also be very pleasing to those of us who get our work done on time. It means kids who don’t turn in their work on time don’t get to work the system, which isn’t fair.
Imagine you were a student sitting in your math class when your teacher says, “Okay, get out your homework!” You rustle around in your backpack for a while until you realize – oh no! You left our homework at home perfectly done. The teacher comes by your desk and you say, “I am sorry. I left my homework at home. My mom just had a baby, so I was taking care of her, and I just ran out the door without it.” Your teacher smiles at you. “It’s okay. I understand. Just bring it in tomorrow.” Isn’t that a better situation than “Oh too bad! You don’t get any credit for it.”? Late homework should be accepted, and I will tell you why.
My feeling about the rule that teachers do not accept late homework is definitely a mixed one. I know that the rule has its pros and cons, but I really do think that the cons heavily outweigh the pros. I would like to show you, the principal, my position on this rule in a little bit more depth.
Imagine yourself as a young middle school student. Five page essay in one hand, you rush into the classroom. “I’m done! I’m done!” You pant, beaming proudly .
The teacher seizes the essay out of your grasp and tears it to pieces before your eyes. She snarls , “It’s a day late!” On your knees, you stare dumbstruck at your hard work, ripped to shreds. The teacher didn’t even glance at it! The No Late Homework Rule is a cruel, horrible rule .
Putting it together – Audience Awareness, Clear Position, Precise Language
The Disney Corporation is giving away an all-expense paid trip for one class to go to Disneyland.
Write several position statements that state what you want.
Chart ideas and beliefs that might connect with the Corporation and persuade them to give your class the trip.
Also chart precise language that would be appropriate for the audience as well as persuasive.
Concession and rebuttal (or counter argument). In a concession, you acknowledge that certain opposing arguments have some truth. The rebuttal explains how this does not weaken your argument. This makes you sound open–minded. This sounds like. . .
I know what other kids would say… I have a possible solution to this problem. I realize most teachers don ’t want cell phones in class because they cause problems, but…
Concession/rebuttal from the “late homework” prompt –
… I’ d want all the annoying procrastinators to get no credit, because they didn’t turn the work in on time and I did! I’m one for fairness, and a fair school is a great school! Sure it sounds mean, but some people need to take up the reins and learn some responsibility.
Causal chain is a chain of cause/effect events (e.g., “a” causes “b” causes “c,” etc.) This organizational strategy can be used for an entire essay or for a portion of an essay.
If you give us more time for a break, we will get more homework done, so our grades will be better, and our parents will be proud. If your mom forgets to buy gas, then you will run out of gas on the way to school, and then you will be late and get detention.
Ms. Marek, I do not wan t you to put into effect t he rule of no late homework . One reason is the grades. You see, it is scientifically proven that teenagers between the ages of eleven to sixteen need at least nine hours of sleep every night for their brain to function well. If every teen in this middle school had to stay up later to complete their homework in order for it not to be late, their grades would plummet accordingly. Soon, grades would degenerate and dwindle to the average of a C or lower in most middle and high schools. All of this just because of the ‘no late work’ policy.
If you give a mouse a cookie, He ’s going to ask for a glass of milk. When you give him the milk, He ’ll probably ask you for a straw. When he ’s finished, he’ll ask for a napkin. ? Try it Together
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“ Extra! Extra! Read all about it! New rule has kids scared.” Those are the headlines from The Suitland Times . The new rule is an epidemic, spreading around the country and making children cry. “No late work has a devastating effect and needs to be stopped now before it reaches other countries,” says Ms. Marek, a noted authority.
“ Three strikes and you’re out!” Yes, that is baseball, but really everybody deserves a second chance at things, right? In baseball you get three chances at batting, why can’t you get just two at school? I mean think of it this way. What if you just had to go visit your grandpa in the hospital because you just found out he has cancer? Shouldn’t you get a second chance if you didn’t get to your homework because it was too late by the time you got home? I think that teachers should accept late work because at least you tried and turned it in.
Did you know that a recent district survey showed that four out of five school kids do not have passing grades because they do not turn their work in on time? This could be changed by no longer allowing late work. Late work should no longer be accepted at Drew Freeman Middle School.
All in all I think we should not have this rule because there is not enough time for me to finish my homework, something could happen to my homework, and I have better things to do than homework. Don ’t make this a rule in our school!
(This is a restatement of the introduction as well as a restatement of the body of the piece.)
Now do you see why it’s not right to say that teachers should not accept late work? Not everyone is perfect and and sometimes we students might make mistakes. But isn’t that how we get wiser? Only you, Dr. Dean, have the power to choose between becoming a dictator or the leader of a proud school. Say no to no late work!
So accepting late work would be a good idea. If you are concerned about students that repeatedly don’ t turn work in on time, take some points off for late work or put a limit on how late work can be turned in. Accept late work for good reasons. Don’t punish the innocent.
“ No late work” policies should be against the law. They make students stressed out, depressed, angry, and tired. If a rule as such is adopted, no one will take part in extra activities offered to them, the Honors Programs will be lacking, students will be falling asleep in class, and grades will begin dropping. Is it really worth it?
Even if you don’ t choose my position on this argument, at least consider this: Make late work be at the teacher’s discretion. Let the teachers decide a fair punishment or penalty, or if late work will be accepted after all. Thank you for taking my ideas into consideration.
Compromise or Problem Solving – example I also understand that some students would choose not to do their homework and do it later. But I have solutions to this problem, too. A student could have to bring in a note signed by a parent or guardian that says why a student brought his or her work in late. An alternative solution is that homework can only be accepted a select number of days after it was due.
You didn’ t get grades as high as expected. You are now grounded until the next report cards come out (8 weeks from now).
You feel this may be excessive punishment.
In small groups, brainstorm possible compromises or solutions. Put them on a chart. Post your chart on the wall and do a gallery walk to see what everyone has written. Put a sticky note by any solutions you really like.
Sixty-three percent of teachers surveyed on late homework say they would truthfully rather give kids zeros than go through the hassle of grading late homework. Teachers don ’t want to waste their time with procrastinators. The No Late Homework Rule will further support this belief.
Look at the baseline paper you wrote on late homework.
Write a rhetorical question that might work to strengthen your argument or position.
Share this with your partner.
Assessment Evaluating the quality of persuasion
Persuasion Scoring Guide Score of 4 Score of 3 Score of 2 Score of 1 Has a clear position and stays focused on that position. Shows a keen awareness of the audience. Selects persuasive words, phrases, and strategies that urge or compel the reader to support a position. Organizes writing to make the best case to support position. Uses convincing elaboration: arguments, well-chosen, specific, and relevant details, examples, anecdotes, facts, and/or statistics as evidence for support. Begins with a compelling opening, and ends with an effective persuasive conclusion, such as a call for action. Addresses the opposing argument(s) consistently and, if important, refutes. Uses purposeful transitions consistently to connect position, arguments, and evidence. Has an identifiable position and stays adequately focused on that position. Shows an adequate awareness of the audience. Adequately uses persuasive words, phrases, and strategies to support a position. Organizes in a manner to persuade the reader. Adequately uses elaboration which may include arguments, specific, and relevant details, examples, anecdotes, facts, and/or statistics as evidence for support. Begins with an adequate opening, and ends with an adequate persuasive conclusion. Adequately addresses the opposing argument(s) and, if important, refutes. Adequately uses transitions to connect position, arguments, and evidence. Has an unclear or inconsistent position or may lose focus on that position. Shows a limited awareness of the audience. Has limited use of persuasive words, phrases, and strategies to support a position. Uses a basic organizational pattern to persuade the reader. Uses limited elaboration to support arguments. Uses undeveloped or ineffective openings and conclusions, which are often list-like. Has some consideration of the opposing argument(s). Uses basic transitions to connect position, arguments, or evidence. Has vague or no position, or lacks focus. Shows little or no awareness of the audience. Has few or no persuasive words, phrases, or strategies to support a position. Lacks any organizational pattern to persuade the reader. Has little or no elaboration, often only a list of arguments. Has no recognizable opening or conclusion. Has no consideration of opposing arguments. Uses few or no transitions to connect position, arguments, or evidence.