I Can't Wear What?!?

An engaging lesson plan for teaching persuasion. Students will love the persuasive topic given in this lesson.  The "newscast" provided in the lesson is interesting and engaging. Students meet Ben Brewer and find out what happened the day he decided to wear his favorite band t-shirt to school in violation of a new dress code rule. Students read a summary of a Supreme Court case to figure out the “rule” that applies to Ben’s problem. This lesson lays the groundwork for students to write two short persuasive essays—one arguing each side of the issue.

Standards & Objectives

Academic standards
CLE 3003.3.1
Write in a variety of modes, with particular emphasis on persuasion, for different purposes and audiences.
CLE 3003.3.3
Organize ideas into an essay with a thesis statement in the introduction, well-constructed paragraphs, a conclusion, and transition sentences that connect...
CLE 3003.5.5
Analyze written and oral communication for persuasive devices.
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Learning objectives: 

The student will:

  • Identify a freedom of speech issue in a fictional scenario.
  • Construct the rule about freedom of speech in schools by reading and color-coding a summary of the Supreme Court case Tinker v. Des Moines.
  • Apply the rule to a variety of hypothetical scenarios.

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