Kindergarten has launched our newest writing unit, persuasive writing. This week, we read the book Red is Best in which the main character tries to convince her mother that she should be able to wear red clothing every day. Students discussed the difference between the terms "fact" and "opinion," and they learned it is acceptable to have different opinions about a topic or an issue. They also learned that it is important to explain your opinion or why you feel a particular way with a supporting statement because it will help others understand your point of view. In addition, we stressed the importance not only of being heard but also of listening to a peer when sharing your opinions. Kindergarten students began by playing “This or That” and explaining their respective preferences to a class peer. In addition, students began writing about things they like and do not like to do during recess and exploration including their reasons why. These persuasive writing lessons have heightened anticipation of our upcoming spring writing celebration.