Persuasive writing resources

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12th November 2019
English: persuasive writing resources

Secondary English persuasive writing resources

Persuasive writing is a key topic which appears in all English language curriculum maps and is often one of the trickiest formats for students to master. From understanding what language features are, to highlighting them in a piece of text, analysing their use and implementing them in writing, persuasive writing draws in a range of skills for students to learn. So, to help you and your students out, we have gathered together a range of lessons and supportive materials to use in the classroom. For more English language resources, why not visit our new English collection?


Persuasive Techniques and Persuasive writing

A full lesson PP on writing to persuade... made originally for old AQA legacy spec - can be adapted and updated easily.
By Miss R

Persuasive writing

A lesson designed for students to research the detrimental effect that plastic is having on our environment by watching relevant clips from which they can get information about the subject. Tasks are included to support the writing of a letter to different companies persuading them to discontinue the use of plastic straws.

Students in my KS3 class sent off these letters and received a reply from a local business applauding them on their concern for the environment and their passionate writing.

By r_drury1

Charity leaflets. Investigating persuasive writing. GCSE 1-9. English Language.

A full lesson detailing how to analyse persuasive writing. Ideal for English Language paper 1
Suitable for HA KS3 classes and KS4.

A recently observed Ofsted 'Outstanding' lesson, with a clear lesson plan showing detailed differentiation.
Suitable for all exam boards but designed for Edexcel English Language Specification (also attached) and grade boundaries from 3-6, which can be altered easily to accommodate HA or LA pupils.
Objectives as below (fits some of AO2/AO4 criteria too).
Objectives AO1:
Grade 3: Identify a selection of persuasive language techniques.
Grade 4: Make some comment on a persuasive language technique.
Grade 5: Discuss the effect of a selection of persuasive language techniques.
Grade 6: Discuss in detail the effect of a selection of persuasive language techniques on the reader and how this fits the purpose of the text.
By Pippa Barker

Persuasive Writing Scheme Suitable for Yr 7-8

This 14 lesson scheme introduces Year 7/8 students to persuasive devices and covers the following topics:
1) Introduction to Persuasive Writing
2)Identification of persuasive techniques in Severn Suzuki's speech
3) Martin Luther King- I Have a Dream Speech.
4) Introduction to Purpose, Audience, Genre and Tone
5) Identification of Purpose, Audience Genre and Tone in non-fiction texts- collaborative opportunity
6) Shakespeare's Henry V speech- 4 lesson analysis
7) Writing a motivational speech
By EmergencyResources

Travel Writing - Persuasive Articles

We look at persuasive articles and how a modelled example uses DAFOREST techniques to engage its readers, plus how you can begin a persuasive article in order to engage a reader. We look at the theme of travel writing through different holiday destinations and how we can persuade readers to want to visit these places. Ideal for KS3 and KS4 students preparing for AQA English Language Paper 2 Section B or Question 5. Fully differentiated throughout.

By Lead_Practitioner

Persuasive Writing Lesson

Assessment Focus: WAF5

An outstanding, well paced, interactive lesson which covers the conventions of writing to persuade.

Students will study tone, review and test their knowledge of language techniques, and use punctuation to add expression to their writing.

Students are also given opportunities to take part in 'mini tasks' lasting 60 seconds each, throughout the lesson, offer peer reviews and practice their spelling, punctuation and grammar skills for WAF5.

Main independent task includes success criteria and prompt questions.

Suitable for a double lesson: mid to top set ability groups, however lower sets would benefit, simply split the tasks over 2-3 lessons and allow an in-depth revision lesson on the list of language techniques provided-or simply exclude the more complex techniques from the list.


Supportive materials

Persuasive letter writing example

I couldn't find a text on line which provided the example of what I was looking for in a model persuasive letter. So I wrote one (and wish that i had done earlier as it was quicker)

This is a letter to the head teacher which tries to persuade them to get rid of school uniform.

It can be used as a model text to look at with the children to identify features and language.
It could be used a starting letter to be up-leveled and improved
We used it as the 'Imitate' text at the beginning of a T4W cycle

Hope you find it useful and it saves you some time.
By Rachael44

English Transactional Writing SOW/Guide

A booklet which explores with tasks transnational writing, this can be a self contained unit of work or a homework. Includes exam examples and support work.
By Simonccx

Pointless - Persuasive Writing Edition

Based on the popular game show ‘Pointless’, this resource is perfect for use as a starter activity, plenary, or revision tool. Editable, so that you can change to any other topic or change questions. Containing almost 30 slides of sound clips, engaging visuals, and suitably challenging questions, this resource is effective at both promoting engagement and enhancing learning. There are several full rounds of questions to build learning of Persuasive Writing:
1. Emotive Language
2. Definitions of Persuasive Devices
3. Adding and Contrasting Connectives
4. Remembering Persuasive Devices
The nature of the game ensures that this resource can challenge students of all levels.
A blank template is now included, so that you can create your own Pointless games!

By TandLGuru

FREE RESOURCE! - Supporting Persuasive Writing at GCSE PowerPoint

This Powerpoint provides ideas on how to WRITE TO ARGUE OR PERSUADE for GCSE .

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Thank you and good luck with your teaching.
By tallybarnett

Persuasive writing structure strips (for the margin)

The students should glue these to the margin of their page and then use them for guidance when completing a persuasive writing task. They are designed to help students include more of the features of this specific style of writing as they should tick the bullet point as they include it.
By redwoodperformance

Persuasive Writing

Writing assignment

By rihamama

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