Students in Janet Howard’s and
Mary Fuch’s Language Arts class at Readington Middle School received a
firsthand lesson in police report writing on January 26. Spo. Robert Marelli of the Readington Police
Department was spotted in the hallway conducting his usual walkthrough of the building
while coincidentally the students were writing police reports as part of their
argument writing unit. Mrs. Howard
invited the officer into the classroom to share his police reporting
In the above photo, Officer Marelli is dictating an actual incident in which
he was involved to seventh grader Andrew Bennett. The officer also taught the students some new
vocabulary words, for example “undersigned”, “slated” and “complied”.
The argument writing unit is part of the Language Arts
curriculum. Students introduce a claim
about a topic or issue; support the claim with logical reasoning, data and
evidence; use words, phrases and clauses to clarify the relationships among the
claim, counterclaim, reasons, and evidence; and provide a concluding statement
that supports the argument presented.