Which delegate at the Constitutional Convention is worthy of winning the "most likely to win an argument" award? How about the "most theatrical," "most likely to rule the world," "biggest troublemaker," or "best northern pride" awards? In this PBL activity, students research one of the delegates at the Constitutional Convention, and prepare for and hold a fair where they convince visitors to vote for their delegate in the different superlative categories.
Students are divided into groups representing some of the delegates at the convention, or they can work independently. They are provided various resources to research their assigned delegate. Then, students create a booth and 3D object that will be used in the fair.
On fair day, you can invite administrators, specialists, teachers, students, and possibly even parents to visit the different booths. Students will use what they have learned about their delegate and their persuasive skills to convince the voters to choose their delegate.
This activity is highly engaging and motivating, and is definitely one of their favorite activities every year. No matter what curriculum I am teaching, I always incorporate this strategy. Kids get to practice a variety of skills and use their persuasive skills on an authentic audience. We are creating 21st century learners!
Included in this product are:
- PowerPoint presentation to introduce the product to your students
- Teacher Guide, including a differentiated list of delegates
- Research worksheet
- Websites that can be used for research