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

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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