Exploring Persuasive Texts Unit Plan – Year 1 and Year 2

Unit Plan

Exploring Persuasive Texts Unit Plan – Year 1 and Year 2

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This English unit has been designed to introduce the persuasive genre to younger students; specifically, the purpose, structure and language features of persuasive texts.

It consists of 8 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 topic.
  • To investigate reasons for and against a situation or topic.
  • To identify and explore the basic organizational structure of opinion pieces.
  • To identify and explore the language features of opinion pieces.
  • To explore how word choice can be used to strengthen an opinion.
  • To jointly construct a simple opinion piece on a familiar topic.
  • To construct a simple opinion piece on a familiar situation in pairs.
  • To independently construct a simple opinion piece about a familiar situation.

Persuasive writing provides excellent opportunities for cross-curricular integration. Look for ways to meaningfully integrate persuasive writing with other learning areas.

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 conversations. 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

Understanding Point of View

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

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60 minutes
Lesson 2

For or Against?

A 60 minute lesson in which students will investigate reasons for and against a situation or topic.

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60 minutes
Lesson 3

Simple Persuasive Structure

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

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60 minutes
Lesson 4

Persuasive 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 5

Strong Words Make Strong Opinions

A 60 minute lesson in which students will explore how word choice can be used to strengthen an opinion.

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60 minutes
Lesson 6

Hey, Little Ant - Modelled Writing

A 60 minute lesson in which students will construct a simple persuasive text on a familiar topic.

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60 minutes
Lesson 7

What Pet Should I Get? - Shared Writing

A 60 minute lesson in which students will construct a simple persuasive text on a familiar situation in pairs.

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60 minutes
Lesson 8

Eat Your Peas - Independent Writing

A 60 minute lesson in which students will independently construct a simple persuasive text about a familiar situation.

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  NSW Curriculum alignment

  Victorian Curriculum alignment

  Australian Curriculum alignment

  • ACELA1447

    Understand that the purposes texts serve shape their structure in predictable waysElaborationsdiscussing and comparing the purposes of familiar texts drawn from local contexts and interests (Skills: Literacy, Critical and Creative Thinking)becoming f...

  • ACELY1656

    Engage in conversations and discussions, using active listening behaviours, showing interest, and contributing ideas, information and questionsElaborationslistening for details in spoken informative texts (Skills: Literacy)participating in informal ...

  • ACELY1658

    Describe some differences between imaginative informative and persuasive textsElaborationscomparing and discussing texts identifying some features that distinguish those that ‘tell stories’ from those that ‘give opinions’ (Skills...

  • ACELA1463

    Understand that different types of texts have identifiable text structures and language features that help the text serve its purposeElaborationsidentifying the topic and type of a text through its visual presentation, for example cover design, packa...

  • ACELY1665

    Discuss different texts on a similar topic, identifying similarities and differences between the textsElaborationsidentifying examples and features of different kinds of spoken, non-verbal, written and visual communication from Aboriginal and Torres ...

  • ACELY1666

    Listen for specific purposes and information, including instructions, and extend students’ own and others' ideas in discussionsElaborationsusing spoken language for problem solving, and exploring ideas and concepts (Skills: Literacy, Critical an...

  • ACELY1668

    Identify the audience of imaginative, informative and persuasive textsElaborationsidentifying the main purpose of a text, including whether the author wants to entertain, explain or persuade and considering how audiences might respond to those texts ...

  • ACELY1671

    Create short imaginative, informative and persuasive texts using growing knowledge of text structures and language features for familiar and some less familiar audiences, selecting print and multimodal elements appropriate to the audience and purpose...

  • ACELY1662

    Re-read student’s own texts and discuss possible changes to improve meaning, spelling and punctuationElaborationsadding or deleting words on page or screen to improve meaning, for example adding an adjective to a noun (Skills: Literacy, Critical...

  • ACELY1672

    Re-read and edit text for spelling, sentence-boundary punctuation and text structureElaborationsreading their work and adding, deleting or changing words, prepositional phrases or sentences to improve meaning, for example replacing an everyday noun w...

  • ACELA1470

    Understand the use of vocabulary about familiar and new topics and experiment with and begin to make conscious choices of vocabulary to suit audience and purposeElaborationsinterpreting new terminology drawing on prior knowledge, analogies and connec...

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