LEAP 2025 ELA Grade 4 Chapter 10

LEAP 2025 ELA Grade 4 Chapter 10 Sample

Excuses! Excuses! Excuses!

The Primary Publishing Company needs your help! This publisher of books for young people is developing three books of excuses. They want excuses for every situation you could imagine! They will publish titles for grades 2–4, grades 5–8, and grades 9–12. Each title will include the funniest, most outrageous, and the most useful entries from students in that grade range.

Students should type their excuses and put them in an envelope. The envelope should include the student’s name, address, age, grade, school, and category. Students will receive credit in the book for their published entries. They will also receive three free copies of the book. The editors will select three All- Occasion excuses per title.

Students with excuses published in this section will also receive a $500 U.S. Savings Bond. Send all entries by October 15, 2010. So, put your thinking cap on and start cranking out those excuses! Think of how popular you’d be at school if we use one of your excuses in our book!

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What is the purpose of this essay?


This essay was written for which audience?

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What are three ways in which the Primary Publishing Company tries to persuade people to send in excuses?

Choose one of the following prompts in the box below. Then, read the directions that follow. You may have to do some research for these writing prompts.

-Do video games promote violence among children? Yes or no?

-Who is stronger - Superman, Batman, or Spider-Man? Why is this superhero stronger?

-Should children your age be allowed to have a cell phone? Why or why not?

-Should children be paid for doing chores? Why or why not.

-Why ___ is the most amazing person or animal in the world.

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After you choose a topic from the box above, write a 3 - 5 paragraph persuasive essay. Be sure to follow the writing process steps when you write your essay.

Use a graphic organizer to organize your ideas. Write a first draft, a revised draft, and a final draft. Check for spelling, punctuation, grammar, and sentence structure errors.