You've made it! You're half way through your sixth grade school year. Let's start the semester off right by reminding ourselves how much we grew last semester.
Today you are going to begin writing a persuasive argument about whether or not cell phones should be allowed in school. We are going to compose persuasive arguments using an accordion paragraph to help with organization. Then we'll vote and see where our class compares with students across the country.
From Scholastic Debates:
Here’s one item you won’t find in a lot of students’ backpacks: a cell phone. That’s because many schools don’t allow students to bring cell phones to school.
But that’s changing. A growing number of cities— including Los Angeles, California, and Miami, Florida—have decided in recent years to allow cell phones in schools. New York City could be next. The city’s mayor, Bill de Blasio, wants to make the switch mainly for safety reasons. He says that kids and their parents need to be able to contact each other in case of an emergency.
“It is, for parents, very, very important to know how to reach their kids,” de Blasio says.
Many people don’t like the idea of cell phones in school, however. Richard Kavesh, a high school teacher in New York City, says phones create too many problems in classrooms. “The last thing [students] need is another source of distraction and a loss of instructional time,” he wrote in a letter published in The New York Times.
What do you think?