Classroom Activity Inspired by Lola Levine Is Not Mean!
by Alana Pedalino and Hisami Aoki
Whether she’s crafting a “get well soon” card to her friend’s cat, or a note to her principal explaining that her powerful slide tackle that injured a classmate in the soccer game was an accident, Lola Levine is always ready to write. Her special talent? Creating “convincing notes” to her family, of course! (How else would Lola have gotten a cat?)
Try this fun persuasive-writing activity in your own classroom and let students write their own “convincing notes.”
Here are some tips to help them get started:
• What’s something you would like to convince someone of? It can be your parent, guardian, friend, sibling, teacher, local government representative, or even Scholastic Book Clubs—it can be anyone!
• What are three good reasons that person should listen to you? Remember, think about the issue from their perspective!
• What’s one simple thing you’d like your convincing note to accomplish? Would you like a parent to let you stay at a friend’s house? Would you like your representative to vote in favor of a certain bill?
• Don’t forget your own signature sign-off! Lola uses “shalom”—you can come up with something that’s just right for you.
Did we convince your class to give this activity a shot? Take a picture of your students’ work and share it with us on social media using the hashtag #ScholasticBookClubs.
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