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

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10 x lessons | Suitable for stages: 2 - 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.


  • To investigate point of view in relation to a situation or issue.
  • To identify and explore the structure of persuasive texts.
  • To identify and explore the language features of persuasive texts.
  • To explore how modal words are used to express degrees of certainty in persuasive texts.
  • 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 a persuasive text.
  • To use a writing prompt and scaffolding sheet to write a persuasive text in pairs.
  • To learn and apply proofreading and editing skills.
  • To independently write a persuasive text, 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.



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