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Do your students know that the 2020 Census is underway? Bring the message home with this letter.

The Art of Persuasion: Using Census Data to Influence Others

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Activity Description

Students will incorporate information from the U.S. Census Bureau’s QuickFacts data access tool into an advertisement for a city of their choice. They will use persuasive and advertising techniques to convince others to come to their city.

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Suggested Grade Level

8

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Approximate Time Required

120-200 minutes

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Learning Objectives

  • Students will be able to explore data access tools to gather information.
  • Students will be able to use census data in an advertisement.
  • Students will be able to write arguments supported with census data.

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Materials Required

  • The student version of this activity, 4 pages
  • A computer with Internet access for each student
  • Teacher computer with Internet access and speakers and a projector to display web sites
  • Advertisements cut out from a magazine (one for each student)

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Teacher Notes

Blooms Taxonomy

Evaluating
Blooms Taxonomy

Students will select and evaluate data to support a position.

Subject

Middle School Social Studies

Topics

  • Persuasive and advertising techniques

Skills Taught

  • Drawing conclusions
  • Using online databases to find information
  • Writing persuasively
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