Category Archives: Polls

What’s Your Favorite Subject? End-of-Year Poll


Howdy Graduating 4th Graders!

At the beginning of the year, I revealed that my favorite academic subject  is writing!  I asked you to use a poll to let me know your favorite academic subject.

Please complete the below poll with your favorite academic subject in 4th grade.  I will be interested in seeing the results.

Ms. Rankin


Should We Raise the Titanic? Persuade Me!


Last week, we wrote and edited our first persuasive writing paragraphs on the topic of raising the Titanic.  Our writing must include the following components:

  • a title
  • an introductory sentence stating our position
  • three supporting sentences (plus elaboration for an A grade)
  • a concluding sentence
  • proper grammar, punctuation and spelling

Click here for our persuasive writing evaluation rubric.

Click here for an interactive online persuasion map to help you organize your thoughts and map out your argument.

Here are our FIRST drafts.  Which one is most persuasive?

Arguments For Raising the Titanic

Arguments Against Raising the Titanic

Now, join the debate.  Should we raise the Titanic?  Vote here.

Join the Titanic Debate



“The discovery of the Titanic has caused great controversy and has divided many people. Some feel that the wreck of the Titanic should be explored while others believe that the ship should be left undisturbed. There are countless opinions on what should be done with the ship…”

Click here to read several viewpoints on what should (or should not) be done with the Titanic.

What do you think?  Express yourself on our  poll in our previous post. :)

Getting to Know You!


Howdy 4th Graders!

My favorite academic subject  is writing!  What is yours?  Use this poll to let me know.

Ms. Rankin

Vote for the Most Persuasive Argument


This week, we finished writing, editing, and typing our persuasive essays on the topic of raising the Titanic.

Our persuasive writing had to include a title, an introductory sentence that states our opinion, three reasons that support our opinion, and a concluding sentence that restates our opinion.  To earn an A grade, we also had to provide elaboration (evidence, examples, and/or facts) to support our reasons.

We are including all of our persuasive writing for you to read and enjoy.  The essays that include elaboration qualify for the the online Persuasive Essay competition below.  Please “express yourself” by voting on the essay that you believe is the most PERSUASIVE!

Persuasive Paragraphs Against Raising the Titanic:

Persuasive Paragraphs in Favor of Raising the Titanic:

“Should We Raise the Titanic?” ~ Persuade Me!


Lasy week, we read Finding the Titanic in our Houghton Mifflin reading book.  You can click HERE to learn about the author, play an eWord Game, use the eGlossary, and take an online poll.

The online poll asks, “Should the Titanic be left on the ocean floor, or should it be brought to the surface for study?”

This week, our writing assignment is to write a persuasive writing piece that answers that question.  What does persuasive mean?  Click here to find out!  Now, stay tuned to read our writing!!! 🙂 🙂  While you wait, you may join  the debate and express yourself on our very own poll. 🙂