Design Thinking is an excellent way to give students the opportunity to problem solve, critically think, persuade, communicate, innovate, and impact their school and community. It is a way for authentic learning to take place. Design Thinking will engage your students and allow them to apply their learning outside of the ELA classroom.
This unit has a PowerPoint introduction on Design thinking and two activities for students to apply Design Thinking in the ELA classroom. Both activities focus on research and persuasive writing. There is also a presentation portion. One activity gives them the opportunity to make a change at their school and can be used as a formative assessment. The other activity requires them to make a change in the community or world and can be used as an interim or summative assessment (complete with rubrics). This also comes with an activity to explore global and community issues before they being the Design Thinking challenge.