Planned for a year 9 class to introduce the skills that will be needed at KS4 and introduce them to an important poem, this lesson has 15 slides and the aim is to link the writer’s methods to the speaker’s purpose in the poem. This would work as an introduction to Marvell’s poem which, let’s face it, deserves more than one hour’s study. The lesson recaps what’s meant by a writer’s methods, focuses on Marvell’s ‘If…But…Therefore’ structure of argument, uses questioning to look closely at two lines (‘Time’s winged chariot’ and ‘skin like morning dew’). The lesson then opens out to look at the flattery used in the first part of the poem and then explores other strategies that can be used to persuade (the use of threat and logic). The lesson culminates in the pupils being asked which strategy for persuasion they consider most effective and why. To conclude, they write a P.E.E paragraph in response to that previous question.