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Dr. Joanne Meier
Sound It Out
Joanne Meier

Putting reading and writing skills to work

Our daughter Anna is one of those kids that gets an idea stuck in her head, and she won’t let it drop. This summer, she’s had one thing on her mind: getting bunk beds for her room.

Authentic persuasive writing

So, we weren’t that surprised when she announced that she had prepared a presentation for us on the topic, complete with a bar graph based on Amazon reviews.

Bunk beds bar graph

As a reading specialist, it warmed my heart to see her putting her reading and writing skills to work in an effort to persuade us. As a Mom, I realized it’s probably time to give the topic some more thought.

Anna’s project left me wondering what other causes are out there that could be brought to light with some sort of presentation: an increase in allowance? A new book from the bookstore? Having two friends sleepover? It might be fun to throw the idea out there to your kids and see what they come up with!

About the Author

Along with her background as a professor, researcher, writer, and teacher, Joanne Meier is a mom. Join Joanne as she shares her experiences raising her own young readers, and guides parents and teachers on the best practices in reading.

Publication Date
July 30, 2012

Related Topics

Motivation, Writing