Persuasive writing - Key Stage 2        Context - Plastic pollution in our oceans

A great cross curricular writing topic that gives real purpose for the children’s writing. A series of 11 literacy lessons encourages the children to deconstruct exemplar and comparative texts/ speeches about plastic pollution in our oceans. By the end of the unit the children will write a persuasive speech to raise awareness of this important issue and encourage people to do something to help.
With my class (Y3 - though can be easily adapted for older children) we turned the speeches into a video using ‘Adobe Spark Video’ then tweeted them out and put them on our class website to widen the audience of their work. My children absolutely loved this unit of work and the resulting speeches were fantastic!

All resources and links are given to just download and deliver these lessons. I used Promethean flipcharts to present to the class but these can be easily transferred to a smart board resource or Powerpoint.

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  • persuasive-writing---plastic-on-our-oceans.pdf
  • persuasive-writing---plastic-on-our-oceans.flipchart
  • persuasive-writing---context---plastic-pollution.docx
  • success-criteria-adobe-spark-video.docx
  • magpie-persuasive-features.docx
  • Persuasive-speech---plastic-pollution---adobe-spark-video.docx
  • success-criteria-persuasive-speech.docx
  • hot-write.docx
  • rhetorical-questions.docx
  • pollution-speeches-and-quotes.docx
  • Sentences-I-want-to-magpie.docx
  • CAN-I-MAKE-THE-WORLD-BETTER-exemplar-text.docx
  • LG---speech---identifying-persuasive-features.docx
  • plastic-in-ocean-lesson.docx

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Created: Apr 30, 2017

Updated: Apr 12, 2019

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pdf, 11 MB


Unit of work

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Unit of work

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