Context for Persuasive Writing

A link to the ACARA website mentioned in the document link to site

Teaching about and learning to

*speak persuasively,

*read & identify persuasive texts & language features

* write persuasive texts

Start with the English K - 6 syllabus requirements for the Stage you are teaching; becoming very familiar with them will ensure that you program all facets comprehensively.

Getting the students ready for the NAPLAN task does not mean that a focus on Talking/Listening and Reading should lessen. Developing an understanding of and an ability to engage in persuasive talk as well as recognise persuasive texts when reading are equally important and will support the writing process.

One of the keys to success in learning is the use of metacognition; students explicitly knowing what they are learning, why they are learning it and acquiring the language to talk about the learning. So when a teacher tells the students that he/she wants some examples of 'low modality' and which purposes they are best suited for, the students will immediately know because they have been explicitly taught these language features of persuasive writing and their purpose.

The following table identifies the page references in the English k - 6 Modules for Exposition and Discussion text demands - both are types of persuasive writing

Early Stage 1 - Exposition text p 77; Discussion text p 69

Stage 1 - Exposition text p 155; Discussion text p 147

Stage 2 - Exposition text p 249; Discussion text p 241

Stage 3 - Exposition text p 345; Discussion text p 335

Comprehensive Teacher resource package from the South Australian Dept of Education & Children's Services

A Variety of resources providing models and explanations about persuasive texts

a ppt that could be suitable for Stage 3 and 4 students

a set of labels that could be used for a display about persuasive writing

Language Features of Persuasive Texts

1. Modality

2. Other persuasive language devices

Strategies / Lesson Activities

A class activity - students add to the lists and use the words / phrases in their writing

Advertisement Analysis - students use a criteria to evaluate the persuasiveness of TV ads that the teacher shows them. Students, in groups, could use the criteria to devise and film their own ad for TV. Advert Analysis

Teacher provides a leaflet/brochure from a place of interest. Students read it and evaluate it , using the criteria in the doc, to see if it would attract visitors; they could then, in pairs, design their own

Samples of Teaching Units - Lots of ideas

From the Curriculum Corporation's 'Assessment for Learning' website : Stage 3 Persuasive Writing Task : Advertisements - provides teaching sequence and students work samples
Assessment for Learning unit - Advertisements Stage 3

Just a Little Bit more....

*A terrific resource, suitable for Stage 2 and 3 students, from the UK that I recommend the school purchases:

Brilliant Activities for Persuasive Writing - Activities for 7-11 Year Olds

Brilliant Activities View sample pages from the following link by clicking on the top right hand side of the book cover

**The book can be ordered on-line from an Aust. site