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Persuasive Communication

Solve Problems with Data

Persuasive Communication

Big Idea

How can you devise a plan to solve your problem and implement the solution? You administered a survey and created a well-designed database for your data. When you analyze data, you can find an effective solution for almost any problem. You can create charts to help you devise a plan to solve the problem by visualizing, or visually representing, relationships among your data. Learn how to use a spreadsheet application to analyze your data with formulas and functions, and represent your data visually with charts. Learn how to use technology tools, multimedia, and graphic design to create an effective publication or presentation.

In this module:

  • Analyze your survey data and devise a plan to solve your problem
  • Create charts that help you implement and explain your solution
  • Use persuasive writing strategies to make a convincing argument for your solution
  • Observe copyright laws and use copyleft licenses when you use multimedia
  • Create a publication or presentation to communicate your solution to an audience

Activity 1: Solution Planning >

Are you ready to devise a plan to solve your problem? Data analysis involves selecting and using appropriate formulas and functions. You can export your queries and import the data into a spreadsheet application. Analyze your survey data and devise a plan to solve your problem.

Activity 2: Solution Implementation >

Are you ready to implement a solution? You can create charts to help you visualize relationships among your survey data. Use your critical thinking skills to determine the kinds of charts that can help you implement a solution. Create charts that help you implement and explain your solution.

Activity 3: Persuasive Nonfiction >

Are you a convincing writer and speaker? You can be if you learn some basic persuasive strategies. Most convincing arguments make an effective appeal to the emotion, ethics, or reason of an audience. Use persuasive strategies to make a convincing argument for your solution.

Activity 4: Copyright and Copyleft >

Can you use any multimedia you find on the Internet in your Web page? Copyright laws protect the rights of people who create original work. Copyleft licenses grant rights to use a creative work in specified ways. Observe copyright laws and use copyleft licenses when you use multimedia.

Activity 5: Effective Communication >

Who would be interested in the argument for your solution? Who would be interested in seeing the data you have collected, analyzed, represented, and visualized? Communicate your solution to the problem you defined by creating an effective publication or presentation.

Look Back >

Reflect on what you learned in this module. Are you ready to plan, produce, and publish a persuasive Web site on your problem? Use the checklist to make sure your tasks are complete. Use the rubric to assess your solution and your publication or presentation. Talk about what you learned and how you did your work.

Look Ahead

Checklist: Before you begin, review the checklist for this module. Use the checklist to make sure that you complete all the tasks for each activity. 

See the checklist (doc) >

Rubric: Before you begin, review the rubric for this module. Use the rubric to help you understand what is important to know and do. 

See the rubric (doc) >