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.
National Curriculum Curriculum alignment
- Key Stage 2 (KS2) - Lower
Key Stage 2 (KS2) - Lower covers students in Year 3 and Year 4.
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