I knew it would provide a high engagement factor, but that was about all I had going for me until Michelle shared her argument and persuasive writing concepts with us the past two Fridays. Now things are starting to take shape a bit. (It also helped that Michelle was kind enough to have a planning conversation with me.)
I narrowed it down to these basic writing goals: a persuasive piece both in an oral presentation form (Shark Tank Pitch) and a blog post (persuasive paragraph).
And these science based success indicators: kids will be able to a craft a solution that is reasonably scientific and shows an understanding of the nuances of magnets and the relationship to energy (ie. attraction and repulsion, conductors for magnetic force, and limitation of magnets and force. As well as be able to use scientific evidence and persuasive techniques to persuade a reader/listener.
Most importantly I realized that I need to SLOW DOWN this process. I have adjusted my timeline to include the use of mentor texts and videos. The extra week I've given myself will allow me to more purposefully plan the critical mini-lessons to include modeling and mentors.