Advertise their abilities

8th June 2007 at 01:00
A late-night phone call earlier this week got me thinking about persuasive writing. The dreaded Ofsted visit is forthcoming and did I have any good ideas for an interesting topic?

Just behind where I write there is a cupboard full of family games. My eye fell on the Monopoly box at the same time I heard Dragons' Den on TV.

Supposing the children role-play being representatives of the town's various interest clubs, such as the old folks' home, youth group, playgroup and the sports club. They have three minutes before the town council to persuade it to provide Monopoly money for a specific project.

Analyse a few TV adverts to establish persuasive techniques. For instance, pupils will need to state advantages of their project and counter disadvantages. They could use famous names, offer freebies and use pictures for visual impact.

Questions to involve the panel may help: "Have you ever wondered?" Listing statistics, facts or evidence adds weight. They will need "boastful" words to enhance their project, such as: "the most amazing..." and to repeat key points, using the pattern of three for emphasis. Short imperatives may also be useful

Pie Corbett is a literacy consultant

Subscribe to get access to the content on this page.

If you are already a Tes/ Tes Scotland subscriber please log in with your username or email address to get full access to our back issues, CPD library and membership plus page.

Not a subscriber? Find out more about our subscription offers.
Subscribe now
Existing subscriber?
Enter subscription number


The guide by your side – ensuring you are always up to date with the latest in education.

Get Tes magazine online and delivered to your door. Stay up to date with the latest research, teacher innovation and insight, plus classroom tips and techniques with a Tes magazine subscription.
With a Tes magazine subscription you get exclusive access to our CPD library. Including our New Teachers’ special for NQTS, Ed Tech, How to Get a Job, Trip Planner, Ed Biz Special and all Tes back issues.

Subscribe now