A 60 minute lesson in which students will improve an opinion piece by applying knowledge of appropriate language features and devices.
- Remind the students of the PEEL paragraph structure and revisit what each letter of the acronym stands for.
- Provide the students with a copy of the Improving Opinion Texts Worksheets and read through the first text about chocolate. As a class, brainstorm all the persuasive elements that are missing from the text e.g. rhetorical questions, emotive language, connecting words and phrases. Ask the students to suggest what could be added to the text to make it more persuasive.
- As a class, rewrite the text about chocolate together. Encourage the students to build upon and develop each other’s ideas as the text takes shape. If possible, research facts and statistics about the benefits of chocolate to be included as evidence. When students are happy with what they have written together, ask one student to read the whole text aloud to the class.
- Allow the students to work in pairs to rewrite the second text about making school lunchtime longer. Monitor and support the students as required.
- If time permits, allow the students to work independently to rewrite the third text about how to spend leisure time. Monitor and support the students as required.
- Encourage the students to share their improved opinion pieces with the class. Allow the class to provide positive feedback, as well as suggesting helpful ideas for improvement.
- 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
- recorded student progress on a checklist
- annotated student work samples
- collected and reviewed student work samples
- facilitated whole class or peer feedback sessions
- encouraged student self-reflection
- administered formal assessment tasks.
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