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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


International Literacy Association


Materials and Technology

Student Interactives


Podcasting Resources

News Websites




  • Computers with Internet access

  • Portable headset-type microphone with USB cord

  • Chart paper and markers

  • Overhead projector and transparencies

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Persuasion Map

Grades   3 – 12  |  Student Interactive  |  Organizing & Summarizing

Persuasion Map

The Persuasion Map is an interactive graphic organizer that enables students to map out their arguments for a persuasive essay or debate.


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Before beginning this lesson, if your students need a refresher on persuasive writing, you may wish to adapt the ReadWriteThink lesson "Can You Convince Me? Developing Persuasive Writing."

1. Explore the links listed in the Podcasting resources. Read all of the articles (preferably starting with HowStuffWorks: How Podcasting Works) to familiarize yourself with the topic and associated tools, and to generate ideas appropriate for your students' current needs.

2. Bookmark the News websites on your classroom or lab computers so students can readily access them for their research. Familiarize yourself with each site.

3. Fill out a sample Persuasion Map about a current events issue of your choosing. You will use this as a model in Session 2.

4. Search for and download or bookmark one short podcast to share with students in Session 1. Look for one that uses persuasive speaking to express an opinion.

5. Create a model podcast by following the instructions at Learning in Hand: Create Podcasts. You will share this in Session 3. Make a succinct list of the exact steps you used to create the podcast. You will want to either print this out to share or recreate the list on the chalkboard or chart paper for use in that same session.

6. Ensure that at least one computer in your classroom or lab is equipped with a working microphone (a portable headset is recommended for high-quality recording, but you can use the computer's built-in microphone if necessary) and any podcasting tools you have selected.

7. Print and photocopy the printouts from the Resources section. You'll need one copy of each handout per student.

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