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Can you suggest a hymn/song and a prayer for a class assembly on persuasive writing?

Discussion in 'Primary' started by eggles, Jan 26, 2012.

  1. <font size="2">It's my year 6 class assembly next week. It's all about persuasive writing techniques.</font><font size="2">I'm struggling to think of an appropriate hymn/song or prayer that would work.</font><font size="2">Can you help? </font>
     
  2. minnieminx

    minnieminx New commenter

    You do assemblies on persuasive writing? WOW!
     
  3. InkyP

    InkyP Star commenter

    Isn't it supposed to be an act of communal worship? You worship pursuasive writing?
    Just asking!
     
  4. <font size="2">Our class assemblies are about what we are learning in the classroom. My class have loved learning more about persuasive techniques including advertisements, speeches and trying to sell their own inventions to a leading supermarket. We have done lots of drama including TV advertisements. We intend to showcase the best of our work.</font> <font size="2">I'm curious as to what your class assemblies look like. </font>

     
  5. InkyP

    InkyP Star commenter

    We don't do class assemblies. All our assemblies tend to have a religious or moral theme.
     
  6. <font size="2">Lucky you [​IMG]</font> We do a full Christmas production, along with two class assemblies, a Leaver's production, a leaver's service in Church and a leaver's assembly, which is a mini production - all in one year! Forgot to mention the harvest festival, which year 6 lead.
     
  7. Hey eggles,
    I don't know in what context you'll be using it but...
    ...what about using one of the poems/songs from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory - offers two scenarios, very persuasive, emotive language, well argued and Dahl's slightly macabre humour seems to appeal at that age .OK not strictly a song (and definitely not a hymn) but...Here's the Mike Teevee one:
    The most important thing we've learned,

    So far as children are concerned,

    Is never, NEVER, NEVER let

    Them near your television set &mdash;

    Or better still, just don't install

    The idiotic thing at all.

    In almost every house we've been,

    We've watched them gaping at the screen.

    They loll and slop and lounge about,

    And stare until their eyes pop out.

    (Last week in someone's place we saw

    A dozen eyeballs on the floor.)

    They sit and stare and stare and sit

    Until they're hypnotised by it,

    Until they're absolutely drunk

    With all that shocking ghastly junk.

    Oh yes, we know it keeps them still,

    They don't climb out the window sill,

    They never fight or kick or punch,

    They leave you free to cook the lunch

    And wash the dishes in the sink &mdash;

    But did you ever stop to think,

    To wonder just exactly what

    This does to your beloved tot?

    IT ROTS THE SENSE IN THE HEAD!

    IT KILLS IMAGINATION DEAD!

    IT CLOGS AND CLUTTERS UP THE MIND!

    IT MAKES A CHILD SO DULL AND BLIND

    HE CAN NO LONGER UNDERSTAND

    A FANTASY, A FAIRYLAND!

    HIS BRAIN BECOMES AS SOFT AS CHEESE!

    HIS POWERS OF THINKING RUST AND FREEZE!

    HE CANNOT THINK &mdash; HE ONLY SEES!

    'All right!' you'll cry. 'All right!' you'll say,

    'But if we take the set away,

    What shall we do to entertain

    Our darling children? Please explain!'

    We'll answer this by asking you,

    'What used the darling ones to do?

    'How used they keep themselves contented

    Before this monster was invented?'

    Have you forgotten? Don't you know?

    We'll say it very loud and slow:

    THEY&hellip; USED&hellip; TO&hellip; READ! They'd READ and READ,

    AND READ and READ, and then proceed

    To READ some more. Great Scott! Gadzooks!

    One half their lives was reading books!

    The nursery shelves held books galore!

    Books cluttered up the nursery floor!

    And in the bedroom, by the bed,

    More books were waiting to be read!

    Such wondrous, fine, fantastic tales

    Of dragons, gypsies, queens, and whales

    And treasure isles, and distant shores

    Where smugglers rowed with muffled oars,

    And pirates wearing purple pants,

    And sailing ships and elephants,

    And cannibals crouching 'round the pot,

    Stirring away at something hot.

    (It smells so good, what can it be?

    Good gracious, it's Penelope.)

    The younger ones had Beatrix Potter

    With Mr. Tod, the dirty rotter,

    And Squirrel Nutkin, Pigling Bland,

    And Mrs. Tiggy-Winkle and-

    Just How The Camel Got His Hump,

    And How the Monkey Lost His Rump,

    And Mr. Toad, and bless my soul,

    There's Mr. Rat and Mr. Mole-

    Oh, books, what books they used to know,

    Those children living long ago!

    So please, oh please, we beg, we pray,

    Go throw your TV set away,

    And in its place you can install

    A lovely bookshelf on the wall.

    Then fill the shelves with lots of books,

    Ignoring all the dirty looks,

    The screams and yells, the bites and kicks,

    And children hitting you with sticks-

    Fear not, because we promise you

    That, in about a week or two

    Of having nothing else to do,

    They'll now begin to feel the need

    Of having something to read.

    And once they start &mdash; oh boy, oh boy!

    You watch the slowly growing joy

    That fills their hearts. They'll grow so keen

    They'll wonder what they'd ever seen

    In that ridiculous machine,

    That nauseating, foul, unclean,

    Repulsive television screen!

    And later, each and every kid

    Will love you more for what you did.


    Good luck!

     

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