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.
This unit plan includes the following resources:
- Opinion Topic Cards – Set 2
- Writing Opinion Texts PowerPoint – Grade 5 and Grade 6
- Opinion Texts Sequencing Activity
- Goals – Writing (Upper Elementary)
- Identifying The Language of Opinion Worksheets
- Opinion Text Type Poster With Annotations
- Persuasive Devices PowerPoint
- Persuasive Device Worksheets
- PEEL Paragraph Structure – Poster and Worksheets
- Improving Opinion Texts Worksheets
- Writing An Opinion Letter Poster
- Opinion Writing/Persuasive Writing Planning Template
- Opinion Writing Checklist – Structure, Language and Features
- Editing Passages PowerPoint – Grade 5
- Editing Passages PowerPoint – Grade 6
- Persuasive Speech Writing Task
- Writing a Speech Poster
- Assessment Rubric – Opinion Writing
- Reflective Thinking Sentence Starter Posters
- 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.
National Curriculum Curriculum alignment
- Key Stage 2 (KS2) – Upper
Key Stage 2 (KS2) - Upper covers students in Year 5 and Year 6.
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