A 60 minute lesson in which students will identify and explore persuasive devices.
This lesson contains a link to an external video. Please watch the video prior to presenting this lesson to ensure that the content is appropriate for your students.
- Watch the Persuasive Devices video on YouTube. After watching, ask the students:
- What are some examples of persuasive devices?
- What is the purpose of persuasive devices?
- Why are persuasive devices helpful when expressing a particular point of view?
- Explain what persuasive devices are and what they are used for, as outlined on slide 5 of the Persuasive Devices PowerPoint.
- Discuss the eleven persuasive devices presented on slides 6-27. Encourage the students to suggest additional examples for each persuasive device.
- Provide the students with a copy of the Persuasive Devices Worksheets. Read through the instructions for each of the tasks and answer any questions the students may have.
- Allow the students to work through the devices worksheets independently. Monitor and support the students as required.
- As a class, discuss the answers for each of the worksheets. Allow the students to self-correct their work so they can monitor how well they have understood the lesson’s objective.
- Revise the language features of opinion texts with the students. Ask them to suggest some examples of each feature e.g. ‘consider’, ‘imagine’ and ‘ponder’ are all examples of thinking verbs.
- Challenge more capable students to write another example of each persuasive device, based on a topic of their own choosing.
- Allow students who are finding the worksheets challenging to work at their own pace, or with the assistance of a peer tutor.
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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