This is an activity that I used at the end of the year in my fourth grade classroom (although this can be used for many different grade levels).
All sudents wrote a persuasive letter to a "judge" providing reasons why he/she should be promoted to the next grade level. I told my students that they would have 2 days to work on this during writing time and that a judge would be coming to visit our classroom to hear their case. When the time arrived, I dressed up as a judge (black graduation gown, bun in my hair, and glasses) and students took turns reading their letters to me. As the judge I would ask students to provide proof that they were ready to advance to fifth grade.
The students absolutely LOVED this activity so I wanted to provide a template for the writing on my store.
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