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.
This unit plan includes the following resources:
- Exploring Opinion Pieces PowerPoint – Grade 1 and Grade 2
- ‘For’ and ‘Against’ Sorting Activity (Complete Set)
- Opinion Text Structure Posters
- Goals – Writing (Lower Elementary)
- Opinion Topic Cards – Set 1
- OREO Opinion Writing Poster
- Simple Opinion Pieces – Writing Scaffold
- Assessment Rubric – Opinion Writing
- 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.
Preparing for Learning
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.
National Curriculum Curriculum alignment
- Key Stage 1 (KS1)
Key Stage 1 (KS1) covers students in Year 1 and Year 2.
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