Writing Persuasive Texts Unit Plan – Year 5 and Year 6

Unit Plan

Writing Persuasive Texts Unit Plan – Year 5 and Year 6

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This English unit addresses the genre of persuasion; specifically, how to write an effective persuasive text.

It consists of 11 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 introduce the purpose of opinion writing.
  • To identify and explore the organizational structure of an opinion piece.
  • To identify and explore the language features of an opinion piece.
  • To identify and explore persuasive devices.
  • To identify and use correct paragraph structure.
  • To improve an opinion piece by applying knowledge of appropriate language features and devices.
  • To write an opinion letter using appropriate text structure, language features and devices.
  • To learn and apply proofreading and editing skills.
  • To research evidence to include in an opinion speech about a topical issue.
  • To construct an opinion speech using appropriate text structure, language features and devices.
  • To present an opinion speech to the class using appropriate oral presentation skills.

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

Convince Me, If You Can!

A 60 minute lesson designed to introduce the genre of persuasion.

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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

Using Persuasive Devices

A 60 minute lesson in which students will identify and explore persuasive devices.

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60 minutes
Lesson 5

Constructing a Persuasive Paragraph

A 60 minute lesson in which students will identify and use correct paragraph structure.

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60 minutes
Lesson 6

Modelled Writing - Improving Persuasive Texts

A 60 minute lesson in which students will improve a persuasive text by applying knowledge of persuasive language features and devices.

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60 minutes
Lesson 7

Shared Writing - Persuasive Letters

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

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60 minutes
Lesson 8

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 9

Persuasive Speech - Researching

A 60 minute lesson in which students will research evidence to include in a persuasive speech about a topical issue.

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60 minutes
Lesson 10

Persuasive Speeches - Constructing

A 60 minute lesson in which students will construct a persuasive speech using appropriate text structure, language features and devices.

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60 minutes
Lesson 11

Persuasive Speeches - Presenting

A 60 minute lesson in which students will present a persuasive speech to the class using appropriate oral presentation skills.

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  NSW Curriculum alignment

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  Australian Curriculum alignment

  • ACELY1699

    Clarify understanding of content as it unfolds in formal and informal situations, connecting ideas to students’ own experiences and present and justify a point of viewElaborationsasking specific questions to clarify a speaker’s meaning, mak...

  • ACELY1701

    Identify and explain characteristic text structures and language features used in imaginative, informative and persuasive texts to meet the purpose of the textElaborationsexplaining how the features of a text advocating community action, for example ...

  • ACELY1704

    Plan, draft and publish imaginative, informative and persuasive print and multimodal texts, choosing text structures, language features, images and sound appropriate to purpose and audienceElaborationsusing research from print and digital resources t...

  • ACELY1709

    Participate in and contribute to discussions, clarifying and interrogating ideas, developing and supporting arguments, sharing and evaluating information, experiences and opinionsElaborationsusing strategies, for example pausing, questioning, rephras...

  • ACELY1711

    Analyse how text structures and language features work together to meet the purpose of a textElaborationscomparing the structures and features of different texts, including print and digital sources on similar topics, and evaluating which features be...

  • ACELY1714

    Plan, draft and publish imaginative, informative and persuasive texts, choosing and experimenting with text structures, language features, images and digital resources appropriate to purpose and audienceElaborationscreating informative texts for two ...

  • ACELY1796

    Use interaction skills, for example paraphrasing, questioning and interpreting non-verbal cues and choose vocabulary and vocal effects appropriate for different audiences and purposesElaborationsparticipating in pair, group, class and school speaking...

  • ACELY1705

    Re-read and edit student’s own and others’ work using agreed criteria for text structures and language featuresElaborationsediting for flow and sense, organisation of ideas and choice of language, revising and trying new approaches if an el...

  • ACELY1816

    Use interaction skills, varying conventions of spoken interactions such as voice volume, tone, pitch and pace, according to group size, formality of interaction and needs and expertise of the audienceElaborationsparticipating in pair, group, class, s...

  • ACELY1715

    Re-read and edit students’ own and others’ work using agreed criteria and explaining editing choicesElaborationsediting for coherence, sequence, effective choice of vocabulary, opening devices, dialogue and description, humour and pathos, a...

  • ACELY1700

    Plan, rehearse and deliver presentations for defined audiences and purposes incorporating accurate and sequenced content and multimodal elementsElaborationsplanning a report on a topic, sequencing ideas logically and providing supporting detail, incl...

  • ACELY1710

    Plan, rehearse and deliver presentations, selecting and sequencing appropriate content and multimodal elements for defined audiences and purposes, making appropriate choices for modality and emphasisElaborationsusing technologies to collaboratively p...

  • ACELA1512

    Understand the use of vocabulary to express greater precision of meaning, and know that words can have different meanings in different contextsElaborationsmoving from general, ‘all-purpose’ words, for example ‘cut’, to more sp...

  • ACELA1525

    Investigate how vocabulary choices, including evaluative language can express shades of meaning, feeling and opinionElaborationsidentifying (for example from reviews) the ways in which evaluative language is used to assess the qualities of the variou...

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