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Creating a Persuasive Podcast

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Grades 6 – 10
Lesson Plan Type Standard Lesson
Estimated Time Five 60- to 90-minute sessions
Lesson Author

Lisa L. Owens

Lisa L. Owens

Issaquah, Washington

Publisher

International Reading Association

 

Overview

Featured Resources

From Theory to Practice

 

OVERVIEW

This lesson is intended to expand upon students' basic persuasive speaking and research skills. First, students research a local, state, national, or international issue of personal interest. During five class sessions, students use multiple online news sources to research up-to-date information that helps them form and communicate their opinions about the issue; practice working with podcasting tools; and create and share a two-minute persuasive podcast in class. Note that, depending on your classroom plans, this lesson may have cross-curricular applications (e.g., in the areas of social studies, science, and economics).

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FEATURED RESOURCES

  • Persuasion Map: As students plan out their persuasive podcasts, they can use this online, interactive tool to map out their opinions and arguments.

  • Podcasting in Plain English video: This video explains the concept of podcasting and how podcasts are generally produced and accessed by others. It would be helpful for students to watch this video before creating a podcast of their own. This lesson also provides additional resources that explain the how-to's of creating a podcast (see Resources & Preparation tab, Podcasting Resources).

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FROM THEORY TO PRACTICE

Zwiers, J. (2004). Developing academic thinking skills in grades 6–12: A handbook of multiple intelligence activities. Newark, DE: International Reading Association.

Persuasion is important because it helps children develop other key skills, including problem solving,communicating, comparing, analyzing, and evaluating. Middle school is a good time to start developing these  skill-at this age, kids begin forming their own opinions about the world and deciding what's important to them.

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