|Pajama Day This Friday|
The first time I organized a Spirit Day, I started thinking about the power of words. So much of what I accomplish starts when I write it down. I write lesson plans, newsletters, blog posts, and announcements. I create curriculum for my students and write stories and poems for publication.
I know when I teach my students to write persuasively, I am giving them a life-long tool. When I write a lawmaker or a business owner or a letter to the editor, I have the potential to change policies and influence lives. I want my fourth graders to feel that power early in their careers.
Almost two years ago, I wrote up my unit about teaching students to write persuasively. I posted it on Teachers Pay Teachers and this freebie was featured in the newsletter twice. About thirteen thousand downloads later I am in awe of how far this unit has spread. I'm still a little surprised that other teachers use what I write. I don't think it's an accident that my most popular item passes along the power of words.