the Classroom Duck
by Susan Clymer
Adopt-Scrawny Writing a Persuasive Essay
think John and his classmates should be able to keep Scrawny as their classroom
pet? What will it take to convince Ms. Saunders and Ms. Lacksbury
to let them keep a duck in the class?
several internet sites featuring information about caring for ducks and
ducklings, write a persuasive essay to either Ms. Saunders or Ms. Lacksbury.
Explain to them why the children should be able to keep the duckling.
The Process: Exploring the Web, Creating a Product
Chapters 1,2 and 3 of the book, Scrawny, the Classroom Duck, follow
the steps to complete your project.
View the Internet sites
What do you know about a mallard?
Ducks of the World
Write a letter to Ms. Saunders or Ms. Lacksbury to persuade them that the children should be able to keep Scrawny as a class pet.
*explain your choice
*explain why your choice is the best idea
*defend your choice from possible objections
to include all the parts of a friendly letter.
*complete date with correct punctuation
How You Will Be Graded
Your letter will be graded satisfactory
or unsatisfactory by your teacher. It will be graded on these points:
*the quality of your writing
*the complete use of all parts of a letter
*your persuasive argument
*correct spelling, punctuation, capitals and grammar
to Scrawny main