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if you could take the seventh grade class on a field trip to anywhere where would you take them

If you could take the seventh grade class on a field trip to ANYWHERE, where would you take them?

A persuasive essay

writing situation
Writing Situation

The seventh grade class worked hard this year to fundraise money for its class trip. Your principal has just shared with the student body that he is leaving the option of where to go up to the students. The principal is taking recommendations from all students.

  • Writing Task

You and your partner will select a place you would like to take the seventh grade class on a field trip.

what is the purpose of this project
What is the Purpose of this Project?
  • Students will be able to utilize and apply special features in Microsoft PowerPoint and demonstrate such in their presentation to the class.
  • Students will be able to work cooperatively with partner sharing ideas and assisting their partner in the writing process and organization of ideas in the PowerPoint presentation.
  • Students will be able to present their writing and research in an oral presentation, persuading their peers of the best location to visit for the seventh grade field trip.
  • Students will be able to work in a timely manner and initiate independent thinking, writing and research skills.
common core standards
Common Core Standards
  • SL.7.1 Students will be able to engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions with their partners.
  • SL.7.2 Students will be able to come to discussions prepared, having read or researched material on their topic and utilize that information as evidence for their presentation.
  • SL.7.4 & 5 Students will be able to utilize Microsoft PowerPoint as a multimedia presentation tool as they present their research and evidence to the class in an organized format.
  • RI.7.1 Students will be able to cite several pieces of textual evidence to support analysis and draw inferences from their independent research.
  • W.7.1.a-e Students will be able to write arguments to support claims with clear reasons and relevant evidence.
  • W.7.4. Students will be able to produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.
  • W.7.6 Students will be able to use technology, including the Internet, to produce and publish writing and link to and cite sources as well as to interact and collaborate with others, including linking to and citing sources.
  • W.7. 7 & 8 Students will be able to conduct this research project to answer a question, drawing on several sources and generating additional related, focused reasons to support their response.
  • STEP 1:
    • If you are able to, obtain and bring to class a flash drive if you want to work on the PowerPoint at home. If not, you can email the PowerPoint to yourself and open the document at home.
  • STEP 2:
    • Working with your partner, you will first choose a place you would like to take the seventh grade class. You will both complete research on the location independently. You MUST print out all of your information.
    • All research will be printed and saved in a folder and kept in class
  • STEP 3:
    • Begin to develop your STRONG REASONS together.
      • Each partner will complete ONE PARAGRAPH EACH, then you will both write ONE PARAGRAPH together.
      • If one student writes every paragraph the partner will be given a failing grade. VERY IMPORTANT!!!!!!! (PARAGRAPH = 7-9 SENTENCES)
    • Keep in mind Aristotle’s concept of persuasive techniques – LOGOS(a logical argument), PATHOS (an emotional argument) AND ETHOS (a moral argument). You should have at least TWO different kinds of arguments in your presentation.
    • You MUST have one logos argument, and at least one ethos argument OR pathos argument to convince your audience that they should choose your field trip.
    • Each argument must be a full paragraph and neatly typed. The font should be large enough for everyone to see.
  • STEP 4:
    • APPROVAL: Mrs. Stauss MUST approve your reasons.
  • STEP 5:
    • Begin developing a PowerPoint at school. You may email the PowerPoint to yourself to continue working on it at home if you would likeor you can copy the PowerPoint on to a flash drive.
    • Time will be given to complete your Powerpoint in class, however, you MUST complete the assignment in three days. No extra time will be given.
    • You MUST have a minimum of 5 slides (This includes ONE title slide with your name and your partners name on it.)
      • One paragraph must be written on one slide.
        • Slide 1 = Title slide with partner names
        • Slide 2 = Reason 1 – Partner 1 paragraph
        • Slide 3 – Reason 2 – Partner 2 paragraph
        • Slide 4 – Reason 3 (joint paragraph written by partners together)
      • You are not writing an introduction or conclusion, however, you may include one if you prefer.
  • STEP 6:
    • Email the PowerPoint to Mrs. Stauss.
    • In the subject box you must put your period number and both partners’ names
      • FOR EXAMPLE: PERIOD 1 Tommy Hickey & Ann Jobinsky
sample slide

Reason 1

Contrary to the well-accepted belief, year-round schooling has no constructive impact on education. (1) Most year-round schedules use the 45-15 method: 45 days of school followed by 15 days off. Because of this, there are many first and last days of school. All those transitions disrupt the learning process. Also, (2) there is no evidence of higher test scores. Due to that, many schools that change to year-round schedules end up switching back. For example, (3) since 1980, 95 percent of schools that tried the year-round schedule changed back to a traditional calendar. It is obvious that changing to year-round schooling does not help students; therefore, why is the change necessary?

Supporting Detail 1

Supporting Detail 2

Supporting Detail 3

Get the reader thinking with a thought-provoking question.

  • You do not need to include the arrows like I did in the previous slide, however you MUST add pictures to enhance the visual presentation of each slide. REMEMBER: pictures must pertain to the topic you are writing about.
  • You may insert pictures from the CLIP ART
  • You may also look up pictures through Google.
    • Click on “IMAGES” once you do a Google search.
    • Click on “FULL SIZE IMAGE” and copy the picture.
    • If you take a picture from the internet you MUST cite the URL address in a textbox beneath the picture.
      • Center the URL address; bold and italicize it.

URL address



Videos and Hyperlinks

See handouts to assist you. Very important! These are step by step guides.

  • Click on ANIMATION on the top tool bar
  • Click on “CUSTOM ANIMATION” and then you may add special effects to each text box.
  • I will help you if needed, however, you must try first on your own.
prepare for your presentation

Be sure you and your partner prepare for your presentation and each of you know who will be presenting each slide.

Be sure to demonstrate confidence and strength in your voice.

Practice making eye contact, smiling and moving slowly around the front of the classroom, rather than standing against the white board.

You and your partner are encouraged to come after school and practice with each other in our classroom.