Sales Pitch Assignment
Have your students perform a sales pitch, similar to the show Shark Tank, about a topic from the First Industrial Revolution. Review examples from Shark Tank of strong sales pitches and those that could be improved upon (Season 1, ep 2 pitch for Crooked Jaw).
As part of the assignment, have students research their topic using the research guide.
One component of the sales pitch should be a projection. Unlike a true projection, students will have the advantage of hindsight. Therefore, they should find historical data about their topic that they can turn into a projection to strengthen their sales pitch. For example, they can find out the how much time was needed to transport goods before and after the Erie Canal. The projection handout is for students to document where they found their data from.
Similar to Shark Tank, have five “investors” score each presentation using the score sheet. Tally up the total investments and keep a leaderboard. Rotate the investors throughout the class.
Model Sales Pitch
Use the PowerPoint to provide an example sales pitch for the class about the Cotton Gin. Here is the pitch I use:
After the presentations, review the graphic organizer on the different inventions and innovations of the First Industrial Revolution.