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Kindergarteners Write to Change Their World

Article by Maggie Bialobrzeski

Our kindergarten writers at Concordia have been trying out the power of their words this month.  They began a persuasive writing unit by sharing their opinions and supporting them with reasons. Then, the students looked for problems around them and used their opinion writing skills to make a greater change in their community.  This last but important unit highlights that children can write for real reasons, and that their words can make things happen. Take a look at one student’s piece below:

In this example, a student is writing a letter to encourage friends to keep themselves safe by giving suggestions for self protection. What a timely piece for our current worldwide situation! Having a purpose for writing makes it so much more meaningful to children, and the task instantly becomes more pleasurable.

This writing unit exposed students to a myriad of writing types—all in the service of voicing their opinions to the world. Students had the freedom of choice to write booklets, songs, letters, signs, lists, and more! Below is an example of a student who took advantage of the options and wrote a Thank You note to important people around them.

As parents, we welcome you to encourage your children to continue this type of authentic writing throughout the summer when various occasions genuinely present themselves at home.  Here are some suggestions:

  • If someone you know is celebrating a birthday, have your child make a card with a special message written inside instead of buying one.  

  • Does your child have a friend that they haven’t seen for a while? Suggest that they exchange real letters to stay in touch with one another (take a photo of it and send)

  • If you are experiencing a problem at home, write a letter to your child suggesting possible solutions and have them write back. 

  • Did your child recently indulge in food from a restaurant?  Have your child write a review to express their opinion of the meal and keep it for next time you’re deciding what’s for dinner.  

  • If your child notices a problem in their community, encourage them to create a sign and physically post it for others to see.  

  • Are you going shopping?  If so, have your child write the shopping list. 

The possibilities for purposeful writing are endless and we hope you take advantage of them this summer.  If you are interested in finding out more, please visit: Authentic Writing