A 60 minute lesson in which students will write a persuasive letter using appropriate text structure, language features and devices.
As a class, brainstorm some of the reasons why people write letters. Explain that persuasive letters are written when the author wants to convince someone to take action on an issue that is important to them.
Project the Writing a Persuasive Letter Posteron the board, or provide the students with a black and white copy to be pasted in their workbooks. Read through the letter as a class. Encourage the students to identify persuasive language features and devices as they are reading.
In small groups, ask the students to brainstorm issues that they might like to bring to the attention of their school principal e.g. that the school day should be shorter, that a new piece of play equipment should be built, that a new subject should be introduced into the curriculum. Allow each group to report their ideas back to the class.
Working in their writing pairs, allow the students to plan and write a persuasive letter to the school principal about one of the issues raised in the class brainstorm. Monitor and support the students as required.
Teachers may wish to set a time limit for writing, or they may allow students to take as much time as they need to complete the task. Ensure that the students know exactly how much time they have and provide regular reminders of how much time is remaining.
Check on how the students are progressing with their letters. Depending on the time limit set for writing, the students may need another lesson to complete their texts.
Allow more confident writers to work individually, rather than in pairs (if they wish to do so).
Allow students who find writing challenging to work with a teacher or teacher aide during the pair activity.
Suggested Assessment Strategies
used strategic whole class or individual questioning
observed student participation during learning activities