This lesson plan and assignment will have students working in a group to conduct a survey. Challenge your students to survey the attitudes and values of other students, teachers, or administrators about a school or class topic.
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In addition to its usefulness in an English class, this lesson is an excellent introductory activity for beginning journalism and yearbook students.
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Lesson Plan Description
Working individually, in pairs, or in groups of three, students develop and conduct a school survey to gather beliefs and values of fellow students, teachers, administrators, or community members on an assigned topic. Each student writes an article for the school paper or newsletter analyzing the results. The survey counts as 40% of the grade and should demonstrate the students' ability to:
use random sampling to gather opinions from about fifty students.
use a Likert Scale (1= strongly agree; 2= agree; 3= disagree; 4= strongly disagree).
gather students' attitudes and beliefs.
use simple, clear, brief questions or statements.
The article counts for 60% of the grade and must:
be written in the style and tone of a news analysis story (relatively neutral; short, clear paragraphs and sentences).
include a graphic or chart of the results.
Additional strategies include:
helping students choose a topic from a class generated list.