One set of workbooks we use to supplement language arts come from a series called "Spectrum Writing," and I enjoy the way the authors challenge children to go beyond simple narrative or basic fiction writing. Hatchick's book, for instance, has been looking at advertising writing, something which surrounds our children; I like the idea that the book is giving her the tools to look at this sort of writing critically and to learn some of the "tricks" that go into creating it.
After this last lesson, though, I may have to rethink things. Oh, not really; in point of fact, she did rather well, considering the topic of today's assignment was learning to know your audience and tailoring your writing to persuade them to try your product or service. Here's what she wrote--and bear in mind that I'm her "audience" for this advertisement:
Do you like coffee and tea but can never decide which one to have? Well then we have the product that can change that. Cofftea! It's a mixture of coffee and tea. This delicious product might just sound like bad grammar but it's perfect for allergies and sleepiness so try some cofftea today! Found at Walmart (tm), Target (tm) and other stores. Yummy! Comes in different flavors!Know your audience, indeed. :)