Upon finishing the research phase of the project, we moved on to learning about synthesizing ideas and designing powerful presentations. ("Nope, sorry. You cannot type full paragraphs onto a presentation slide and cover it with distracting pictures and fonts!") Surprisingly, this took the longest for students to complete. They just didn't want to part with their cool graphics or lengthy paragraphs. However, for those groups that took the feedback, they were able to take their project to the next level by crafting a persuasive message. With those high-achieving groups, we talked about the effective uses of logos, pathos, and ethos. This helped one group to create a really passionate and empathetic plea, eventually earning them the winning vote! (We voted by paper ballot and the kids stipulated that they could not vote for themselves!)
The third and final phase of our project was executing a fundraiser to support the chosen charity. In this phase, we incorporated math and consumer education. First, we watched some videos about types of fundraising to get ideas. Then we created pro/con lists with materials and costs for those ideas before voting on a final idea; to sell donuts and hot chocolate. Students researched how much it would cost to buy items for a fundraiser, which store was cheapest, and how much they would need to sell to make a profit. Once we had compiled all this information, students wrote letters to our principals asking permission to do their fundraiser (Don't worry! I had already gotten their approval so the kids wouldn't be disappointed, but this allowed me to squeeze in a lesson on formal letter writing!) For those language teachers out there, I should mention that the letter writing was the ONLY thing we did in English, just because our principal doesn't speak Spanish. Everything else was 100% in the target language.
This past Friday, my students arrived early to school, eager to carry out their fundraiser. When they didn't sell out with the AM crowd, they begged to finish selling at lunch. Here's a picture of the lunch sales. I completely forgot to take pictures during the morning shift!