Fourth grade students practiced the art of persuasion and a butterfly garden is the result.

At Prairie View Elementary School, students persuaded school officials to start a butterfly garden by writing a series of essays.  The essays written by fourth graders in Heidi Graff’s class wrote the persuasive essays as part of their The Art of Persuasion and a Butterfly Garden.

“It requires different pieces such as problem/solution, persuasive, informational reports and friendly letters,” Graff said. “I like to give the students real world topics.”

The butterfly garden is not the only project that the students have written letters about.  Previously they wrote letters supporting a Waterworks Park playground and funding an Honor Flight.

Graff had the children research butterflies and butterfly gardens after reading an article about the importance of saving butterflies, and write letters to principal Jesse Peters. “The essays were very convincing,” Peters said.


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