Comparing Modes of Transportation

Excellent lesson plan that promotes using internet sources to write a persuasive essay about the best mode of transportation.  Includes cross-curricular ties to math and includes ideas for differentiated instruction. Students will visit different websites in order to decide the best mode of transportation from their hometown to New York City. Students will graph the results and write a persuasive paper. Math connection(graphs, lines, plotting points...)and ideas for differentiation.

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...
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Learning objectives: 
  • Students will use Internet resources to compare three modes of travel and determine which mode of travel is the best choice for planning a trip from their home town to New York City. 
  • Students will chart and graph results using spreadsheet software. 
  • Students will write a persuasive narrative based on their findings using a word processing program.

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Helpful Hints


  • Computers with Internet access
  • word processing software
  • spreadsheet software
  • printer