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Teacher Resources by Grade
|1st - 2nd||3rd - 4th|
|5th - 6th||7th - 8th|
|9th - 10th||11th - 12th|
Vote for Me! Developing, Writing, and Evaluating Persuasive Speeches
|Grades||4 – 5|
|Lesson Plan Type||Standard Lesson|
|Estimated Time||Four 60-minute sessions|
Grades 3 – 5 | Lesson Plan | Standard Lesson
Through a classroom game and resource handouts, students learn about the techniques used in persuasive oral arguments and apply them to independent persuasive writing activities.
Grades 6 – 12 | Lesson Plan | Standard Lesson
After researching political platforms of past presidents through primary sources and other resources, students create commercials for these presidents using Voki, an online web tool that produces speaking avatars.
Grades 3 – 12 | Student Interactive | Organizing & Summarizing
The Persuasion Map is an interactive graphic organizer that enables students to map out their arguments for a persuasive essay or debate.
Grades 5 – 12 | Calendar Activity |  November 5
After assigning special privileges to an arbitrarily designated group, students write about how they felt during the simulation and consider what they might be willing to do to change an unjust law.
Grades 3 – 12 | Calendar Activity |  November 6
Election Day is held on the Tuesday after the first Monday in November.
Grades 5 – 8 | Calendar Activity |  August 26
A representative from the local chapter of the League of Women Voters is invited to talk to students about voting rights and what they can do to be active in politics.
Grades 3 – 12 | Printout | Graphic Organizer
Use this graphic organizer to develop a persuasive stance for an essay, speech, poster, or any type of assignment that incorporates persuasion.
Grades K – 5 | Strategy Guide
This strategy guide focuses on persuasive writing and offers specific methods on how you can help your students use it to improve their critical writing and thinking skills.