Proposal to close the movie theatre

Suggested time: 40 to 50 minutes

The Persuasive Writing in Context assignment asks students to develop a persuasive argument based on a hypothetical real-world situation. Source material in the form of information and opinions relevant to the situation are provided. Students may use this material selectively as support in the crafting of their response. The audience and purpose will vary with each assignment, as will the role of the student-writer of the speech or letter.

Read the situation described below and use it to complete the assignment that follows.

The Situation
The Prosper Town Council is considering a proposal to close the town’s only movie theatre. Supporters of the proposal cite declining attendance and the potential to redevelop the site. Those opposed believe that the theatre is a valuable cultural resource and has the potential to become even more so.

In deciding whether to accept the proposal, the Prosper Town Council has invited concerned individuals to make their views known. You are Kerry Sinclair, a recent graduate of Prosper High School. You have considered information and opinions from a variety of sources (see pages 22 and 23). After considering the advantages and disadvantages of the proposal, you have reached a decision. You now need to write a persuasive speech or letter that clearly develops your position.

The Assignment

Write a speech or letter that will persuade the Prosper Town Council either to ACCEPT or REJECT the proposal to close the movie theatre.

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