Research, Write, Communicate
This project is about using technology for learning. It helps you develop the skills you need to use technology effectively. You can use these skills for the rest of your life. In this project, first you learn how to use persuasive writing to take a position on an issue and make an argument for your position. Then, you research a controversial issue that interests you and make a convincing argument for your position in a persuasive essay. You create a multimedia Web page to communicate your argument to a global audience. Finally, you work on a team to plan and produce an interesting, convincing, and entertaining Web site.
In this project:
- Gather the information you need to take a position on a controversial issue
- Draft, revise, and edit a persuasive essay to make an argument for your position
- Create a multimedia Web page that communicates your argument
- Plan and produce an interesting, convincing, and entertaining Web site
Persuasive writing makes an argument for a particular position on an important issue. A well-written persuasive essay convinces an audience to believe an idea or take an action. Most effective persuasive writing appeals to emotion, ethics, or reason. In other words, effective persuasion appeals to the feelings, beliefs, and thoughts of an audience. Before you take a position and make an argument, you need to gather information by taking notes from a variety of credible sources. In this module, choose a controversial issue and gather the information you need to take a position on the issue.
Are you ready to write a persuasive essay that makes an argument for your position? First, you need to organize the information in your notes and plan your essay. Many persuasive essays begin with an introductory paragraph that gets readers interested in the issue, follow with three (or more) body paragraphs that make a convincing argument, and end with a concluding paragraph that summarizes the argument. Many successful persuasive writers use feedback from their peers to make their work more interesting and convincing. In this module, draft, revise, and edit a persuasive essay to make a convincing argument for your position.
How can you make your argument to a global audience? You can communicate with the world by publishing your persuasive essay on a Web page. When you have the opportunity to make your argument to a worldwide audience, make the most of it! You can create a Web page based on your persuasive essay with a little knowledge and a text editor. Learn how to use hypertext and hypermedia to make your argument in a way that is entertaining as well as interesting and convincing. In this module, create a multimedia Web page that communicates your argument to a global audience.
You have created a Web page to communicate your argument. How can you attract a larger audience to your Web page? One way to attract readers is to create a Web site for your potential audience. A Web site is a collection of related information on Web pages in the same domain. What are the advantages of a Web site over a Web page? A Web site can provide more value for readers because it can logically organize more information for quick access. An effective Web site is a work of art, literature, science, and technology. Learn how to work on a team with people who have different talents and interests. In this module, plan and produce an interesting, convincing, and entertaining Web site.