Hawthorne, CA, Christopher Rudolph, a Language Arts and Social Studies teacher, has been sharing his didactic poems, songs, raps, and chants that teach about English grammar, writing, history, math, and test taking skills. His latest rap is called Persuade Me! –
A Nestorian Rap about Persuasive Essay Writing. Nestorian order is a way of ordering your essay so that you save your best argument for last. Christopher suggests a five paragraph essay structure. The first paragraph, the introduction, usually starts with an anecdote and ends with a thesis statement. The second paragraph is used to promote the second best reason to support the proposition or thesis. The purpose of the third paragraph is to recognize the best counter argument of the opposition and refute it.
The fourth paragraph promotes the best reason to support the proposition. The fifth paragraph, the conclusion, restates the proposition in a slightly different way and then calls the reader to action. “Here the persuasive writer needs to tell the readers exactly what he or she expects them to do now that they hopefully have been convinced and persuaded,” he said. Christopher has also created a Persuasive Essay Writing Lesson and downloadable worksheets that will help students prepare their persuasive essay, and these are available at the website.
The rap song itself can also be downloaded so that students can follow along with the audio clip that can be played from the site. “It is amazing that we can share our lessons throughout the world thanks to the Internet,” he said. Christopher has been creating other poems, songs, and raps like “Prepositions in Time and Space”, “The Adjective Blues”, and “8 Parts of Speech Voyage”. “I think there is a new movement across the world where teachers are writing and using poems, songs, raps, and chants to help their students learn. Didactic teaching is fun, and I am proud to be a part of it.” he said.
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