Middle School Students Make Persuasive Product Pitches

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Inspired by the entrepreneurial show “Shark Tank,” students in the creative writing class at Edmund W. Miles Middle School had to come up with their own ideas for products. 

One of the essential elements of the class is having students generate ideas by tapping into their imaginations, and this project accomplished just that. Eighth and ninth graders worked in teams to create products that they believed would be a hit with the public. On Jan. 27, students presented to their classmates as if they were potential investors.

Each group created a Google Slide presentation and had to include a description of the product or service, why it is relevant in 2020, the cost, an advertising campaign plan, a catchy jingle or slogan, product review quotes and the investment cost. Teacher Katie Pallini explained that, as an avid fan of “Shark Tank,” she had students include information that the aspiring entrepreneurs typically present in their investment pitches.

Among that ideas that students presented were a cooking machine called the Food-O-Matic 3000 and an shoe app that would notify someone when new sneakers come out and where they could be purchased. Ms. Pallini said that their products were very imaginative.

As the goal of the project was to win over a theoretical panel of investors, Ms. Pallini said that this will help them going forward with persuasive writing pieces.