Creating a Persuasive Podcast

This lesson expands 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. This lesson allows students the opportunity to choose a topic of personal interest as well as narrow the topic so it is manageable and focused. The student will gather information from both electronic sources, several of which are provided under the "Research & Preparation" tab, and print sources available in the school or local library. If having the students create a podcast is not an option for you, then student could perhaps record (audio or video) their speech or simply present their findings to the class.

Standards & Objectives

Academic standards
Write arguments to support claims with clear reasons and relevant evidence.
Write routinely over extended time frames (time for research, reflection, and revision) and shorter time frames (a single sitting or a day or two)...
Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, relevant descriptive details, and well-structured event...
GLE 0601.3.1
Write in a variety of modes for different audiences and purposes.
GLE 0601.3.3
Organize ideas into an essay with an introduction, developing paragraphs, conclusion, and appropriate transitions.
GLE 0601.4.1
Define and narrow a problem or research topic.
GLE 0601.4.2
Gather relevant information from a variety of print and electronic sources, as well as from direct observation, interviews, and surveys.
GLE 0601.4.3
Make distinctions about the credibility, reliability, consistency, strengths, and limitations of resources, including information gathered from websites.
GLE 0601.4.4
Write a research paper, using primary and secondary sources and technology and graphics, as appropriate.
SPI 0601.3.12
Select the most appropriate format for writing a specific work-related text (i.e., instructions, directions, letters, memos, e-mails, reports).
SPI 0601.3.5
Select illustrations, descriptions, and/or facts to support key ideas.
SPI 0601.3.8
Select appropriate time-order or transitional words/phrases to enhance the flow of a writing sample.
Write routinely over extended time frames and shorter time frames for a range of discipline-specific tasks, purposes, and audiences.
Write arguments to support claims with clear reasons and relevant evidence.
Write narratives (fiction and nonfiction) to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective techniques, relevant descriptive details, and...
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Learning objectives: 

Student Objectives:

Students will

  • Access prior knowledge by discussing the elements of persuasion
  • Improve comprehension by researching current events
  • Demonstrate the ability to effectively organize and synthesize information to create content for a podcast
  • Develop oral presentation skills by creating short, persuasive podcasts

Lesson Variations

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Helpful Hints

Materials and Technology:

  • Computers with Internet access
  • Portable headset-type microphone with USB cord
  • Chart paper and markers
  • Overhead projector and transparencies