Lesson Plan

Persuasive Podcast

Students work to persuade fellow classmates on a topic of their choice using researched information.
Robert L.
Classroom teacher
Spring Hill Junior High School
Akron, OH
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My Grades 7, 8

Students will be able to...

  1. reseach a topic for credible information.
  2. use researched information to form an argument.
  3. write the argument in a script form.
  4. create a radioshow (podcast) including theme music.
English Language Arts
forming arguments
using supporting evidence
Grades 8
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Teacher Notes
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1 Hook

Activity: Reading

A pre-created podcast is played that talks about the tragedy of children living in poverty. (Any topic can be chosen as long as it is well done and "shocks" student be the statistics.

Discuss with students how they felt as they listened. (Be prepared for some students to act "cool" and make a joke out of the seriousness of the topic.)


2 Direct Instruction

Activity: Investigating

Writing of the script

Discuss with students times when it is necessary for someone to make an arguement to convince another person.

Use the pre-created podcast to break the arguement apart to instruct students on the parts of a pursuasive argument. 

  1. In the podcast, demonstrate for students where the reseach is and how it was used to make a point. (using supporting evidence)
  2. Demonstrate for students how to give credit to the source of the evidence.
  3. Demonstrate for students how to find sources of evidence.

Creating of the podcast (after the script is written)

  1. Demonstrate how to create original theme music using loops already in GarageBand.
  2. Demonstrate how to use a headset to record voice.
  3. Demonstrate how to fade volume in and out.
  4. Demonstate how to add and delete tracks.

3 Guided Practice

Google Drive
Free, Paid

Writing the script

  1. Practice looking for quality evidence for a class topic. 
  2. Practice as a class making a topic sentence that grabs the listener for the class topic.
  3. Practice writing an arguement for the class topic. 

Creating a podcast (after the script is written)

  1. Practice creating original theme music using loops already in GarageBand.
  2. Practice using a headset to record voice.
  3. Practice fading volume in and out.
  4. Practice adding and deleting tracks.

4 Independent Practice

Writing a script

  1. Students will choose a individual topic to research and create a persasive argument written as a script. The script will be typed in a Google Document

Creating a podcast (after the script is written)

  1. Students will then create the podcast using GarageBand.

5 Wrap-Up

Activity: Broadcasting
  1. Students will present their podcast to the class.
  2. As a class, we will assess the effectiveness of the arguement. 
  3. Students will broadcast their podcasts on the classroom website.