Minds On

How to be convincing

Consider the following questions:

  • What are some ways to convince people?
  • How can we use graphs and data to convince people?

Throughout this learning activity, you can record your thoughts digitally, orally, or in print.

A new advertisement for Captain Awesomeness Cereal includes data that states:

“four out of five grade four students students feel awesome after eating a bowl of Captain Awesomeness cereal in the morning before going to school!”

Would this data convince you to eat this cereal? Why or why not?


How to make a convincing argument

Explore the following video, “Lady Vocab: Convince.”

An argument is convincing if it persuades people to agree with you. Some strategies that we can use to help us persuade others include, but are not limited to:

  • using data
  • making mathematical calculations
  • presenting facts
  • providing examples
  • quoting experts
  • offering incentives

Making conclusions

Data can be organized and analyzed to answer questions and make convincing arguments.

Review the graph below and answer the following questions using the tool of your choice:

  • What convincing arguments can you make to someone who does not enjoy action movies?
  • Would this data convince someone to explore Science Fiction movies? Why or why not?


Convince me!

In this activity we will practice reading and interpreting data from a graph.

A farmer tracked how many vegetables were grown during the months of July and August. The farmer tracked how many carrots, tomatoes, zucchini, squash, and potatoes they grew during the months of July and August, and represented their data on a multiple-bar graph.

Use the following prompts to draw conclusions and make convincing arguments about the data.

Record your responses using a method of your choice. 

  1. How many vegetables grew in the month of July? How many vegetables grew in the month of August?
  2. What is the difference in the number of potatoes grown in July and August?
  3. Why do you think that more carrots grew in August than in July?
  4. Use the data from the graph to make an inference about the number of vegetables grown in July and the number of vegetables grown in August. Record your own opinion about the data. Justify your thinking.
  5. What other conclusions or convincing arguments could you make about the data in the graph?


As you read through these descriptions, which sentence best describes how you are feeling about your understanding of this learning activity? Press the button that is beside this sentence.

I feel…

Now, record your ideas using a voice recorder, speech-to-text, or writing tool.