White Pine Students Continue Their Participatory Government and Persuasive Writing Activities
Earlier this school year, Mr. Young challenged DEN 4th and 5th graders and WPMS students to learn about how a bill becomes a law, how legislators appropriate funds into the state budget, and how to exert influence as current residents and future voters of Nevada. Students jumped in enthusiastically to tackle Mr. Young's challenge. Their teachers, Ms. Walker, Ms. Wallace, Ms. Neilson, Ms. Hall, Ms. Young, and Ms. Jones at DEN along with Ms. Peck, Mr. Tokerud, Ms. Speakman, Mr. Durham, and Ms. Guthrie at WPMS guided their learning. The culmination of the rigorous and relevant learning was for students to express their thoughts in a persuasive letter, using the "Claim-Evidence-Reasoning" model of writing and to participate directly in the government process by sending their letters to legislators.
Our eager students sent more than 1000 emails to legislators, describing why they love their schools--especially the teachers, activities, learning, etc.--and why they need a new one--speaking to the 1909 age of DEN and 1913 age of WPMS.
This is a link to the original news story. If you didn't read it back in March, you should do so now!!
As a reminder, the students whose essays were selected as the highest quality were as follows.