English: Teaching writing types

Lesson resources to help you to explore this term’s most frequently taught writing types

Tes Resources Team

English, Secondary, Writing Types, Lessons, Scheme Of Work, KS3, KS4, Year 7, Year 8, Year 9, Year 10, Year 11

One of the greatest things about language is the way it can be used for many different purposes; to advise, to argue, to entertain, and so much more. Our English insights for the summer term reveal that the end of the exam season is a good time to explore some of these different types of writing, particularly autographical, descriptive and persuasive writing.

In response to that, we’ve selected some of the top resources to help engage and inspire learners to develop an appreciation for the multitude of ways in which language manifests itself.

Autobiographical writing

Get to know your class with this well-presented scheme of work, which uses extracts from the autobiographies of Roald Dahl, Michael Morpurgo and Steve Irwin as models ahead of pupils writing their own childhood narratives.

In this short unit of work, older students can explore the content, grammatical features and literary devices of an extract from The Making of Mr Hai’s Daughter, the autobiography of Yasmin Hai, a second-generation British-Asian immigrant.

Compliment any scheme of work with this project workbook, which contains a series of short challenges to help learners write their own autobiography.

Descriptive writing

Introduce the various elements of descriptive writing to your KS3 class with this six-week unit, using Stone Cold by Robert Swindells as a stimulus. 

With KS4 pupils, examine a variety of techniques that make an effective description using these well-structured presentations, which culminate in the writing of a descriptive review.

Ideal for a one-off or cover lesson, this detailed worksheet takes learners through the steps required to create a piece of original writing about a deserted house.

Persuasive writing

Leaners of any age are sure to be engaged by this fully-resourced lesson, in which they are required to use persuasive techniques to sell an inventor’s unusual products.

For a more in-depth look at persuasive writing, this comprehensive collection of lessons and activities introduces a variety of persuasive techniques and comes complete with a student workbook.

And, just for fun, why not recap the elements of persuasive writing using this interactive quiz (£1)?

Quick links

Autobiographical writing Descriptive writing Persuasive writing
KS3 autobiography SoW KS3 descriptive writing SoW Persuasive language lesson
Short exploratory unit KS4 descriptive writing unit Complete persuasive writing SoW
Autobiography project workbook Descriptive writing task Persuasive devices quiz (£1)

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