Write a letter persuading your parents to send you to school after COVID-19. Write it in 300–350 words.

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In a persuasive letter, it's important to have a position that is clearly and effectively stated and to follow that with solid factual information. You also want to address the opposing point of view before closing your letter in order to effectively address any of those points.

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In a persuasive letter, it's important to have a position that is clearly and effectively stated and to follow that with solid factual information. You also want to address the opposing point of view before closing your letter in order to effectively address any of those points.

In the first paragraph of your letter, you'll want to establish the context. Discussing the onset of COVID-19 closures and how education has changed during that time would be appropriate. You'll want to end this first paragraph with your position, which might look something like this:

Returning to school would be beneficial because of my own learning style, because of the gaps in learning that distance education has created, and because of the overall improvement in the nation's health.

Since the letter is personal, this first paragraph will discuss how remote learning has not been an effective means for you personally to learn. (I am assuming this is the case. Again, this is just an example of a point you might make.) I am attaching a short quiz below that will help you learn more about what your own learning style is. If you are a tactile/kinesthetic learner, for example, remote learning likely did not give you the needed opportunity to work with hands-on labs or to play basketball on a team in PE. If you are an auditory learner, you may have really missed having a math teacher verbally explain the math concepts to you. You may have also missed the opportunity to ask your science teacher questions in real time.

Since remote learning has looked so different in various educational settings, you will need to examine your own experience and explain where the gaps have been. Why was this not effective for your learning needs? If you receive special education services, you may not have had access to the support you need, such as having tests read aloud or having one-on-one instruction readily available. If you excel at math, you may have lost access to Mathcounts or Odyssey of the Mind, where you found opportunities for personal growth. Take an inventory of your own needs and explain how your remote learning experience has left gaps in your education.

There are also numerous studies emerging that indicate that remote learning has not been effective for all populations. Again, this will vary depending on what remote learning looked like in specific areas. I am including a link below that examines some of those impacts. You might discuss, for example, that few teachers have been trained in how to effectively deliver online instruction—and that many simply weren't prepared to do so. Online learning is also only effective for students who have devices and internet service that is capable of streaming live classes; there are still many homes that do not meet this baseline.

Online learning also works best with personalized instruction, so students who were simply logging on to retrieve worksheets with little to no teacher interaction were not effectively instructed. There is a great deal of data that suggests that students of lower socioeconomic statuses and those who were already struggling academically are now further behind their peers than they were before the COVID-19 school closures. Again, look at the way your school system approached learning remotely and then compare those strategies to the data emerging about the educational impacts of remote learning.

In most areas of the United States, the number of COVID cases have thankfully decreased in recent months. In my district, for example, there were over 500 COVID cases in our district in August but only fifty in November—and none in the last two weeks. Schools are healthier environments than they were at various points in the past, which is great news for teachers and students across the country. You should be able to find local data that speaks to trends in your area fairly easily.

Remember to acknowledge the points the opposition might make. You'll want to acknowledge, for example, that there is a risk of becoming ill but then point out that there are various methods you could take to remain healthy. You could wear a mask, be sure to wash your hands frequently, avoid close contact with others, and carry hand sanitizer or wipes in your backpack for use throughout the day.

I hope this gives you some things to think about as you structure your letter for this assignment. You'll need to personalize the paragraphs with the information that is relevant to your own district or area, but this should help you with formatting and ideas for discussion. Best wishes, and stay healthy!

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