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Revitalize Rochester

School: Genesee Community Charter School

City/State: Rochester, NY

Grade(s): 6

Format(s): Report: Social studies

Subject(s): English Language Arts, Science and Technology, Social Studies, Visual Arts

Type(s): Argument/Opinion

Writing Assignment Description

Sixth grade students at the Genesee Community Charter School in Rochester, New York created a report/position paper arguing for the reconsideration of an unsuccessful bond issue to revitalize downtown Rochester by restoring water to the dry Erie Canal waterway.

Students first learned about the Grasso-Zimmerman plan by meeting with the authors of the plan and learning first hand about their proposal. They traveled in small groups to four different cities to speak to people who had been involved with waterway projects. They interviewed experts: the mayor, city engineers, city councilors, business owners and citizens.

All students joined forces to write a document presenting the value of the project. The final report was presented to city officials and other interested citizens.

How This Writing Can Be Useful

  • Highlights a report that targets a particular audience and immediately draws the audience‚Äôs attention
  • Demonstrates accessible and high-quality writing with a natural flow and clear objective
  • Builds a convincing argument based on personally collected information

Relevant Resources

Common Core State Standards

Standard Long Term Learning Target
W.6.1
  • I can write arguments to support claims with clear reasons and relevant evidence.
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