“Why go to college?” was one of the prompts given to 7th grade students for a humanities assignment to write an ear-catching radio ad. In addition to providing students with an opportunity to hone their persuasive writing, the unit also helped them develop the public speaking skills and the confidence to “sell” their ideas in front of an audience that also included faculty and staff guests – great preparation for Roundtables, which this grade will do for the first time at the end of the year.
Teachers Kyle Fahsel and Henry Seton and learning specialist Dora Acosta instructed students on how to compose ads with catchy leads, three distinct claims, and memorable closers, and coached them using appropriate volume, pacing, posture, and emotion in their public delivery. The teachers used the unit to promote the friendly rivalry between the two sections of the class, each spurring their own students to try to top the other class on the assessment rubric.
Mr. Seton says, “Section 7.1 always keeps it scholarly and fresh. Radio 107.1 proved once again that they are the finest radio station in Cambridge.”
“Section 7.2’s presentations were so scorching that it felt like it still was summer in the classroom,” says Mr. Fahsel.
If you’re curious, here are the students’ Top 5 Reasons to Go to College:
1) A person with a bachelor’s degree earns, on average, $1,000,000 over their lifetime than a person with only a high school diploma.
2) On average, people earn more money and are able to live more comfortably the higher their level of education.
3) There are more types of jobs and careers available, the higher your education level is.
4) The unemployment rate decreases with each level of education a person has.
5) College gives you the freedom to follow an intellectual passion, choose your courses, study abroad, and meet new people from diverse backgrounds.