Using Perspective Shifting to Persuade Readers

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One of the key competencies of social and emotional learning is social awareness and being able to see things from another's perspective. This ability to shift perspective is particularly important when crafting an argument to persuade others. A short activity asks scholars to imagine they are a student who is wants to convince the budget manager of the school board to upgrade the school gym. They then draft a paragraph explaining what the board might think about their position.

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Instructional Ideas
  • Project the example chart as a model and have class members brainstorm suggestions for what arguments they could use to persuade the school board member to back the remodeling of the gym
Classroom Considerations
  • Knowledge of persuasive techniques would be helpful but not necessary
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