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Sample Persuasive Essay
*Directions: Read the following essay. Along with the overhead, breakdown the
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As the teacher calls on Jimmy to give his opinion on the
topic the class was discussing, she can’t help but notice the
incredible wad of bright pink chewing gum in his mouth.
Not only will it be hard to understand Jimmy, but also she’ll
be lucky if Jimmy can get out his thoughts without choking
on the mouthful! This is only one of the many concerns
teachers face daily as chewing gum continues to show up in
classrooms, despite the school rule that it is banned. Students
should not chew gum in class because it acts as a distraction
to others, it is a health issue, and it is a safety issue. If
students continue to disregard the rules, consequences will
need to become more severe.
Chewing gum acts as an incredible distraction to
students and teachers.