Developing Persuasive Writing Skills Unit Plan – Year 3 and Year 4

Unit Plan

Developing Persuasive Writing Skills Unit Plan – Year 3 and Year 4

10 x Lessons | Suitable for Grades: 3 - 4

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.

 Overview

Objectives

  • 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.

 Lessons

60 minutes
Lesson 1

For or Against?

A 60 minute lesson in which students will investigate point of view in relation to a situation or issue.

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60 minutes
Lesson 2

Persuasive Texts - Text Structure

A 60 minute lesson in which students will identify and explore the structure of persuasive texts.

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60 minutes
Lesson 3

Persuasive Texts - Language Features

A 60 minute lesson in which students will identify and explore the language features of persuasive texts.

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60 minutes
Lesson 4

Exploring Modality

A 60 minute lesson in which students will explore how modal words are used to express degrees of certainty in persuasive texts.

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60 minutes
Lesson 5

Introducing Persuasive Devices

A 60 minute lesson in which students will explore how persuasive devices can be used to strengthen a point of view.

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60 minutes
Lesson 6

Building an Opinion Using Persuasive Devices

A 60 minute lesson in which students will use persuasive devices to build a convincing opinion about an issue.

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60 minutes
Lesson 7

Constructing a Persuasive Paragraph Using OREO

A 60 minute lesson in which students will identify and use the correct paragraph structure when writing a persuasive text.

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60 minutes
Lesson 8

Using a Persuasive Prompt - Shared Writing

A 60 minute lesson in which students will use a writing prompt and scaffolding sheet to write a persuasive text in pairs.

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60 minutes
Lesson 9

Applying Proofreading and Editing Skills

A 60 minute lesson in which students will learn and apply proofreading and editing skills.

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60 minutes
Lesson 10

Using a Stimulus - Independent Writing

A 60 minute lesson in which students will independently write a persuasive text, using appropriate text structure, language and features.

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  NSW Curriculum alignment

  Victorian Curriculum alignment

  Australian Curriculum alignment

  • ACELA1478

    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...

  • ACELY1675

    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...

  • ACELY1676

    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...

  • ACELY1678

    Identify the audience and purpose of imaginative, informative and persuasive textsElaborationsidentifying the author’s point of view on a topic and key words and images that seem intended to persuade listeners, viewers or readers to agree with t...

  • ACELY1682

    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...

  • ACELA1490

    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,...

  • ACELY1690

    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...

  • ACELY1694

    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...

  • ACELA1479

    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...

  • ACELY1683

    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 ...

  • ACELY1688

    Use interaction skills such as acknowledging another’s point of view and linking students’ 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...

  • ACELY1695

    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...

  • ACELA1484

    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...


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