This English unit addresses the genre of persuasion; specifically, how to write a well-structured persuasive text.
It consists of 10 lessons of approximately 60 minutes duration.
The sequence of lessons and suggested time frames should be regarded as a guide only; teachers should pace lessons in accordance with the individual learning needs of their class.
An independent writing task, which may couple as an assessment task, is included in the unit. The number of lessons required to complete this task may vary from class to class.
This unit plan includes the following resources:
- Opinion Topic Cards – Set 1
- Opinion Topic Cards – Set 2
- Developing Opinion Writing Skills PowerPoint – Grade 3 and Grade 4
- Sequencing Activity – Stop Polluting The Ocean (Opinion Text)
- Sequencing Activity – Dogs Make the Best Pets (Opinion Text)
- Sequencing Activity – Homework is Unnecessary (Opinion Text)
- Goals – Writing (Middle Elementary)
- Sequencing Activity – Homework is Unnecessary (Opinion Text) – Simplified Version
- Sequencing Activity – Dogs Make the Best Pets (Opinion Text) – Simplified Version
- Sequencing Activity – Stop Polluting The Ocean (Opinion Text) – Simplified Version
- Opinion Text Type Poster With Annotations
- Modality Word Wall with Information
- Introduction to Persuasive Devices PowerPoint
- Persuasive Language Devices Worksheets
- Persuasive Devices Sorting Activity
- ‘For’ and ‘Against’ Sorting Activity – All Children Should Play Weekend Sport
- OREO Opinion Writing Poster
- Opinion Paragraph – OREO Planning Template
- Opinion Text Writing Prompts – Complete Set
- Opinion Text Planning Template (Using OREO)
- Opinion Texts Writing Scaffold
- Opinion Writing Checklist (Simplified Version)
- Editing Passages PowerPoint – Grade 3
- Editing Passages PowerPoint – Grade 4
- 5 Opinion Writing Stimulus Sheets
- Assessment Rubric – Opinion Writing
- To investigate point of view in relation to a situation or issue.
- To identify and explore the organizational structure of an opinion piece.
- To identify and explore the language features of an opinion piece.
- To explore how modal words are used to express degrees of certainty in an opinion piece.
- To explore how persuasive devices can be used to strengthen a point of view.
- To use persuasive devices to build a convincing opinion about an issue.
- To identify and use the correct paragraph structure when writing an opinion piece.
- To use a writing prompt and scaffolding sheet to write an opinion piece in pairs.
- To learn and apply proofreading and editing skills.
- To independently write an opinion piece, using appropriate text structure, language and features.
Preparing for Learning
Persuasive writing provides excellent opportunities for cross-curricular integration. Look for ways to meaningfully integrate persuasive writing with other learning areas e.g. Science, Humanities and Social Sciences, Technology.
Prior to commencing the unit, develop a persuasive writing wall in the classroom. Display texts, vocabulary and posters that will stimulate the students’ interest and assist in their learning throughout the unit. For examples of teaching resources to display in your classroom, browse the Persuasive Writing category on the Teach Starter website.
Expose the students to a variety of persuasive texts before and during the unit. Read and view persuasive texts such as letters to the editor, advertisements and campaign speeches. Provide the students with opportunities to read and respond to short persuasive texts. For examples of persuasive comprehension teaching resources, browse the Comprehension Texts category on the Teach Starter website.
NSW Curriculum alignment
Communicates in a range of informal and formal contexts by adopting a range of roles in group, classroom, school and community contexts
Plans, composes and reviews a range of texts that are more demanding in terms of topic, audience and language
Uses an increasing range of skills, strategies and knowledge to fluently read, view and comprehend a range of texts on increasingly challenging topics in different media and technologies
Identifies and uses language forms and features in their own writing appropriate to a range of purposes, audiences and contexts
Identifies and compares different kinds of texts when reading and viewing and shows an understanding of purpose, audience and subject matter
Uses effective and accurate sentence structure, grammatical features, punctuation conventions and vocabulary relevant to the type of text when responding to and composing texts
Victorian Curriculum alignment
Understand how different types of texts vary in use of language choices, depending on their purpose, audience and context, including tense and types of sentences
Identify the point of view in a text and suggest alternative points of view
Understand that paragraphs are a key organisational feature of written texts
Plan, draft and publish imaginative, informative and persuasive texts demonstrating increasing control over text structures and language features and selecting print and multimodal elements appropriate to the audience and purpose
Identify features used in imaginative, informative and persuasive texts to meet the purpose of the text, and understand how texts vary in complexity and technicality depending on the approach to the topic, the purpose and the intended audience
Plan, draft and publish imaginative, informative and persuasive texts containing key information and supporting details for a widening range of audiences, demonstrating increasing control over text structures and language features
Reread and edit texts for meaning, appropriate structure, grammatical choices and punctuation
Reread and edit for meaning by adding, deleting or moving words or word groups to improve content and structure
Australian Curriculum alignment
Understand how different types of texts vary in use of language choices, depending on their purpose and context (for example, tense and types of sentences)Elaborationsbecoming familiar with typical structural stages and language features of various t...
Identify the point of view in a text and suggest alternative points of viewElaborationsdiscussing how a text presents the point of view of the main character, and speculating on what other characters might think or feel (Skills: Literacy, Critical an...
Listen to and contribute to conversations and discussions to share information and ideas and negotiate in collaborative situationsElaborationsparticipating in collaborative discussions, building on and connecting ideas and opinions expressed by other...
Identify the audience and purpose of imaginative, informative and persuasive textsElaborationsidentifying the authorâs point of view on a topic and key words and images that seem intended to persuade listeners, viewers or readers to agree with t...
Plan, draft and publish imaginative, informative and persuasive texts demonstrating increasing control over text structures and language features and selecting print,and multimodal elements appropriate to the audience and purposeElaborationsusing pri...
Understand how texts vary in complexity and technicality depending on the approach to the topic, the purpose and the intended audienceElaborationsbecoming familiar with the typical stages and language features of such text types as: simple narrative,...
Identify characteristic features used in imaginative, informative and persuasive texts to meet the purpose of the textElaborationsdescribing the language which authors use to create imaginary worlds; how textual features such as headings, subheadings...
Plan, draft and publish imaginative, informative and persuasive texts containing key information and supporting details for a widening range of audiences, demonstrating increasing control over text structures and language featuresElaborationsusing re...
Understand that paragraphs are a key organisational feature of written textsElaborationsnoticing how longer texts are organised into paragraphs, each beginning with a topic sentence/paragraph opener which predicts how the paragraph will develop and i...
Re-read and edit texts for meaning, appropriate structure, grammatical choices and punctuationElaborationsusing glossaries, print and digital dictionaries and spell check to edit spelling, realising that spell check accuracy depends on understanding ...
Use interaction skills such as acknowledging anotherâs point of view and linking studentsâ response to the topic, using familiar and new vocabulary and a range of vocal effects such as tone, pace, pitch and volume to speak clearly and coher...
Re-read and edit for meaning by adding, deleting or moving words or word groups to improve content and structureElaborationsrevising written texts: editing for grammatical and spelling accuracy and clarity of the text, to improve the connection betwe...
Learn extended and technical vocabulary and ways of expressing opinion including modal verbs and adverbsElaborationsexploring examples of language which demonstrate a range of feelings and positions, and building a vocabulary to express judgments abo...