Persuading the Principal- 15MS202

Persuading the Principal- 15MS202

This lesson is for : Grade 7:


Have you ever wished you could find a way to persuade the principal to make changes to your school? Well, in this lesson students are given the opportunity to be heard by the principal and are challenged to use persuasion techniques to make a real change!

Using the persuasion techniques learned in English class, students will pick a topic that they are passionate about and create a plan to make a change at the school. Students will independently research their topic and provide evidence or need for the implementation of their idea. Using their research, students will compose a persuasive letter to the principal about their topic. Through an anonymous voting system, the class will determine the top 5 letters/topics to present to the principal. Students will then work collaboratively to change the top 5 persuasive letters into a digital presentation that includes strategies of persuasion. After creating the presentation, students will present their ideas to the principal! This allows the students a real opportunity to use their persuasion techniques to change the school! The principal will also provide the students with feedback on their ideas and ways that they could possibly be implemented.

TIPC Ratings

Research & Information Fluency

Rating: Ideal – Explanation: This lesson is ideal/target for research and information fluency because the students chose a topic of interest and researched meaningful evidence to support their idea. Students were responsible for synthesizing the information found in the research into three main ideas supporting their persuasive topic. Students further displayed their research by completing the persuasive letter and presenting the information in an authentic way to the principal.

Communication & Collaboration

Rating: Ideal – Explanation: This lesson is ideal/ target in communication and collaboration. Students worked in groups based on student interest and assigned roles for creating a final product to present to the principal. In addition, students used the digital tools they found the most appropriate to convey their idea to the principal. Lastly, students reflected on their role in the group and how set goals for future collaboration.

Critical Thinking & Problem Solving

Rating: Approaching – Explanation: This lesson is in the approaching category for critical thinking and problem solving. Students were tasked with solving a real world problem that exists at their school. Students also justified their reasoning with their solutions by answering peer questions and questions from the principal.

Creativity & Innovation

Rating: Approaching – Explanation: This lesson is in the approaching category for creativity and innovation. Students were synthesizing information to create an authentic task. Students were also able to choose the best digital tool to create a meaningful presentation that they believed would be most effective in persuading the principal.

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