Minds On

Let’s explore few tasks

Task 1: Persuade me!

You are given a choice between two items or options. How would you persuade someone that one of the options is better than the other?

  • spring or fall
  • sunny day or rainy day
  • exploring an infographic or solving a math question

Task 2: Examine graphs

A group of youths were given four choices as to what their favourite sport is. The following bar graph displays their responses.

Use the data to record a persuasive statement that baseball (with six people) is the youths’ favourite sport. Do you think you would be able to convince someone that kickball (five people) or football (four people) are the most popular? Explain your thinking using a method of your choice.


What is a persuasive statement?

What strategies did you use to make a persuasive statement? Record these strategies using a method of your choice.

What does it mean to make a convincing statement? A statement is convincing if it persuades people to agree with you.

Let’s explore some strategies to make convincing statements

Let’s explore two videos that feature debates.

As you explore the videos, keep track of the strategies the individuals use to make convincing arguments. You can record your observations using a method of your choice. If possible, compare your strategies to the ones used in the videos. How were they similar? How were they different?

Video 1: Summer vs winter

In the following video entitled Big Top Academy’s Great Debate, Max and Nicholas debate summer versus winter.

Video 2: Veggie debate 2018

In the following episode of The Space the Veggie candidates, Broccoli, Tomato, and Corn, debate who would make the best mayor of Veggie Town.

Some strategies you may have noticed in the videos include using data, mathematical calculations, facts, examples, logic, quoting experts, and using incentives.

Task 1: Making your own convincing statement

Suppose you would like to form a convincing statement about a particular topic (e.g., sports, plants, seasons, etc.). Collect either primary or secondary data about your topic.

Keep in mind that …

  • Primary data is information that is collected directly or through experience. Primary data can be collected from observations and measurements collected directly by you or others. Data is usually collected through surveys or experiments.
  • Secondary data is information that is not collected by direct experiments. Secondary data might be collected from a magazine, a newspaper, a government document, or a database.

Create a graph or detailed description that supports your statement. You can create your graph digitally, on paper, or using concrete materials. Explain how your graph supports your statement using a method of your choice

Task 2: One graph, two conclusions?

Using the graph that you have explored earlier about favourite sports, create two different conclusions using the data represented on the graph.

Make a convincing statement

Examine the following graphs.

The Indigenous Languages most reported in 2016

This is a graph that shows the indigenous languages that are most reported in 2016.

This graph is titled “The Indigenous Languages most reported in 2016.” The y-axis is labelled with several Indigenous Languages which are: Cree languages, Inuktitut, Ojibway, Oji-Cree, and Dene. The x-axis is labelled ‘number of people’ and it starts at 0 and going up in 20,000 increments to 100,000. It is a double bar graph and indicates the mother tongue language and the language spoken at home.

Note that another way to say mother tongue language is first language.

The graph reveals the following details:

  • Cree languages: First language almost 80,000. Language spoken at home just over 80,000
  • Inuktitut: First language almost 40,000. Language spoken at home slightly before 40,000
  • Ojibway: First language 20,000. Language spoken at home just over 20,000
  • Oji-Cree: First language around 13,000. Language spoken at home around 13,000
  • Dene: First language about 10,000. Language spoken at home about 10,000

First Nations populations by province

This is a graph that shows the indigenous languages that are most reported in 2016.

This graph shows the First Nations populations by province. Along the y-axis all the provinces and territories are listed, and the x-axis is labelled as number, with numbers starting from 0 to 250,000. The x-axis increases by 50,000 each time. The approximate populations are as follows:

  • Ontario–240,000 people
  • British Columbia–180,000 people
  • Alberta–145,000 people
  • Manitoba–140,000 people
  • Saskatchewan–130,000 people
  • Quebec–100,000 people
  • Newfoundland and Labrador–40, 000 people
  • Nova Scotia–38,000 people
  • New Brunswick–30,000 people
  • Northwest Territories–25,000 people
  • Yukon–15,000 people
  • Prince Edward Island–10,000 people
  • Nunavut–5,000 people

Populations by Indigenous Identity as a proportion of the total Canadian Population, 2011 and 2036

This is a graph that shows the indigenous languages that are most reported in 2016.

The title of this graph is Populations by Indigenous Identity as a proportion of the total Canadian Population, 2011 and 2036. The y-axis is labelled as percent, starting from 1% to 7%, and increases by 1s. The x-axis is labelled with different Indigenous Identity. This is a double bar graph, which includes the following current percent values and future estimates.

  • Indigenous People: 2011: 4.5%, 2036: 5.9%
  • First Nations people: 2011:2.8%, 2036: 3.5%
  • Metis: 2011: 1.3%, 2036: 2%
  • Inuit: 2011: 1%, 2036: 1%

Record your ideas about the following prompts:

  • Choose two of the three graphs. Make a convincing statement about each one.
  • Which statement is more convincing? Explain your thoughts.

Time to think about what you have learned

Use the following questions to reflect on your learning. You can record your responses using a method of your choice.

  • How can data help you to make more compelling statements?
  • When might you want to make convincing statements using data? Give an example of how using data might help you persuade someone.
  • What is the best way to display or describe data to make a convincing statement?


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.