SITUATION: Teachers never let students chew gum in class.
DIRECTIONS: Write to convince the teachers to accept your point of view. Be sure to provide support for your argument. 1 Tap, tap, tap. There goes my pencil again, tapping on the desk. I can’t seem to stop myself! Tap, tap, tap, tap. Now my leg is tapping! OMG! I know how to do all of the math stuff on this test, but I just can’t concentrate! I need a piece of gum! I can’t believe that we’re not allowed to chew gum in class. How ridiculous is that! Besides just tasting good, gum helps me concentrate. We definitely should be allowed to chew gum in class!
2 You probably think I’m kidding, but research conducted at Swinburne University in Melbourne, Australia shows that gum really does help you concentrate! Chewing makes your brain think it’s going to get food. The next thing that happens is that insulin is released into the brain. The insulin helps the brain focus which enhances learning and memory. Did you know that soldiers in U.S. military have chewed gum since World War I to improve their concentration? If it helps soldiers concentrate, surely chewing gum should be allowed in class to help students concentrate.
3 Another reason we should be allowed to chew gum in class is because it helps students stay awake. When I am at school, I witness many students looking sleepy or actually falling asleep. The solution to this predicament is gum. According to a scientific study by Kathleen Melanson from University of Rhode Island, when you chew gum, your metabolism increases by 20 percent. When someone’s metabolism increases, they are more likely to stay awake. Let’s face it, in order to learn, you have to be awake, right?
4 Some people, especially teachers, might say that gum is unhealthy and not good for you. (What they really mean is they don’t want it stuck up under the desks!) However, gum is pretty healthy. In fact, lots of different types of gum are sugar-free and have xylitol. The Trident Gum Company advertises that xylitol actually reduces cavities by 70 percent. That is a great bonus! Clearly, you should be able to chew gum at school since it will give you healthier and stronger teeth.
5 Oh yea, did I mention that chewing gum helps improve test scores? According to research conducted by the American Society for Nutrition, they found out that students who chewed gum during class during a 14-week period, had a significant increase in test scores and had higher grades compared to those who did not chewed gum. This example supports that schools need to tolerate gum in order for students to improve their tests scores.
6 So, there you have it! Research suggests that chewing gum helps you concentrate, helps you stay awake so you can learn, and helps you improve your tests scores. How can you argue with that? Can we please chew gum in class? Wanna piece of Orbit Strawberry flavor?