Persuasive Writing Assignment Michael vs LeBron | Distance Learning

Grade Levels
6th - 8th
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Persuasive Writing Assignment - Michael vs LeBron | PDF and Digital Formats: In this engaging assignment, students practice gathering evidence from a podcast (oral text) and use that evidence to support their writing. After listening to the evidence presented by the podcast, students must decide who is the greatest of all-time (GOAT) basketball player LeBron James or Michael Jordan.

Language Warning: "Damn" is said twice, and "pissed off" is said once. One real swear word is said and properly bleeped out. 

Assignment Includes:

  • Detailed teacher lesson plan
  • T-Chart graphic organizer
  • Persuasive writing assignment choice board (3 choices - essay, slideshow, podcast)
  • Answer key
  • Grading options: rubric or points-based

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  1. “Excellent resource! Students loved it and it's great to give them a few options of what they want to do with this assignment.”
  2. “This unit is clear, well organized, and easy to use.  It was engaging for my students to use and my students were engaged.  Thanks!”
  3. “This was a great lesson that I could leave for one day with a sub (the listening and T-chart part).  Students enjoyed it because it was sports-related”

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Total Pages
17 pages
Answer Key
Included with rubric
Teaching Duration
2 days
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Make strategic use of digital media and visual displays of data to express information and enhance understanding of presentations.
Present information, findings, and supporting evidence such that listeners can follow the line of reasoning and the organization, development, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.
Evaluate a speaker’s point of view, reasoning, and use of evidence and rhetoric.
Integrate and evaluate information presented in diverse media and formats, including visually, quantitatively, and orally.
Delineate a speaker’s argument and specific claims, evaluating the soundness of the reasoning and relevance and sufficiency of the evidence and identifying when irrelevant evidence is introduced.


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