For students, English is mandatory; for me, it's a passion. Driven to unlock in my students the joy I find in English language and literature, I strive to make interesting lessons based on topics students tell me they love, and throw as much creativity into the mix as I can to stave off boredom for everyone.
Included are two long lessons that outline commonly used persuasive techniques, activities to practice identifying them, and written activities/assignments to assess student use of them. The first topic features a controversial collection of ads that are meant to raise awareness of animal brutality and extinction; the second centres on the topic of a Space Ark, which is a real event and in the making - but an invention in which not everyone can fit. Students rely on the persuasive skills they learn in order to create two pieces of persuasive writing on topics I have found particularly motivating. Additionally, there is a rubric (based off the Ontario curriculum) that can be easily adapted for your own curriculum, if you so wish to use one.
**Updated: A student-friendly rubric created from English Language Paper 1, Section B is now included, as well as a PDF of the PPT, and two versions of the same PPT (one is saved in the 97-2004 format).