Lesson Plan

Let's Take a Vacation!

Students will research a desired vacation spot and create a presentation to persuade their peers to choose their planned vacation
Megan J.
Special Education Instructor
Milton Middle School
Milton, WV
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My Grades 6, 7, 8
My Subjects English Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies

Students will be able to:

  • conduct short research projects to answer a question, drawing on several sources and refocusing the inquiry when appropriate. (CCSS W.6.7)
  • gather relevant information from multiple print and digital sources; assess the credibility of each source; and quote or paraphrase the data and conclusions of others while avoiding plagiarism and providing basic bibliographic information for sources. (CCSS W.6.8)
  • present claims and findings, sequencing ideas logically and using pertinent descriptions, facts and details to accentuate main ideas or themes; use appropriate eye contact, adequate volume and clear pronunciation. (CCSS SL.6.4)
  • include multimedia components (e.g., graphics, images, music, sound) and visual displays in presentations to clarify information. (CCSS SL.6.5)
  • demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English grammar and usage when writing or speaking. (CCSS L.6.1)
  • demonstrate command of the conventions of Standard English capitalization, punctuation, and spelling when writing. (CCSS L.6.2)
  • use knowledge of language and its conventions when writing, speaking, reading, or listening. (CCSS L.6.3)


English Language Arts
Grades 6
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1 Hook

Activity: Other — Commercial Examples

Students will be watching several different television commercials for popular vacation spots. They will watch the commercials on the SmartBoard on www.ispot.tv. They will watch commercials for the following vacations:

  • Universal Orlando Resort
  • Sandals Resort
  • California
  • Michigan
  • Jamaica

These commercials will give students ideas of things to include in their presentations to persuade their peers to choose their researched vacation spot.


2 Direct Instruction

3 Guided Practice

Students will be given a prompt using the Write About This app in order to practice using persuasion. The prompt will either be random or created by the teacher. A few examples of teacher-created prompts might be:

  • Should cell phones be allowed in class at all times? Why or why not?
  • Should homework be banned? Why or why not?
  • What is your favorite food and why?

These prompts will allow students to form an opinion and then provide support to back their opinion up. Students will then share their opinions and reasons on the topic.  

4 Independent Practice

Free to Try, Paid

Students will choose their favorite vacation spot or somewhere they would like to visit. They will research three hotels, three restaurants, and three tourist attractions in that area. They will use the Popplet app to organize their information. They can include prices, information, and pictures that they want to use in their presentation. Once they finish their popplet organizer, it can be emailed to themselves or to the teacher to be printed out to help them in creating their presentation and to be turned in later.  

5 Wrap-Up

Free, Paid

Students will use their graphic organizer created in the Popplet app to help them design their presentation. They will use the Prezi app to do this. They will be able to input their information into a well-organized and persuasive presentation. Students can create an account and log in to it when presenting to the class.