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The documents in this section are for use with the Australian Curriculum version 8.4.

For version 9.0 resources see Australian Curriculum Version 9.0 in Queensland .

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Unit title: Exploring persuasive texts

Timing and duration: Term 4, 6 weeks

Assessment overview

Assessment title: Writing a persuasive text

Context: In Term 4, students have read picture books and stories that present a point of view. They have written short persuasive texts experimenting with persuasive language features, including ‘strong’ words or commands. In this task, students write a persuasive text to convince the reader whether Year 2 students should or should not have homework.

Technique and format: Extended response: Persuasive exposition

Mode and conditions: Written — 100–200 words; completed in class in two 30-minute sessions

Assessment date: Term 4, Week 6, in two lessons — Lesson 1: Plan and conference; Lesson 2: Write and hand in

A ZIP file of all Year 2 English sample assessment resources will be available.

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Persuasive writing techniques – Best resources & advice for KS3/4

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Whether they're arguing for a good cause or selling the latest product, give your secondary students all the techniques and tricks they need to be able to write to persuade…

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Effective communication skills are vital for life. What better way to empower your students than by helping them to master a range of persuasive writing techniques?

Here we embark on an exploration of engaging resources and valuable advice to transform your classroom into a hub of compelling arguments and articulate expression. (We also have a round-up of persuasive writing KS2 resources .)

Persuasive writing techniques resources

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This free persuasive writing scheme for KS3/4 by teacher James Tickle contains 17 lessons’ worth of material. It covers speeches, informal and formal letters, articles and more…

Write a letter of complaint

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The GCSE syllabus encourages pupils to craft their writing to be imaginative and engaging. However, inspiring pupils to write a lively personal response can be a real challenge.

So, how can we enthuse our young people? Encourage teenagers to do what they do best: complain. This free lesson plan will encourage pupils to write a sophisticated, engaging, witty and highly persuasive protest worthy of a grade 9.

Persuasive writing techniques handout

persuasive writing task year 2

Print out this free handout and give it to your pupils to help them improve their use of persuasive writing techniques. It covers opening with an anecdote, including some clever sentence structures and more.

Charlie Chaplin’s  The Great Dictator

persuasive writing task year 2

How can Charlie Chaplin help students to become persuasive and voice their emotions? This free lesson plan looks at how he can help students to create a piece of persuasive writing. You can also easily adapt it for teaching descriptive, narrative and argumentative styles.

Persuasive techniques slideshow

persuasive writing task year 2

This Slideshare presentation offers a great introduction to persuasive writing and its concepts and terms for students.

Persuasion techniques

persuasive writing task year 2

This handy printable PDF is packed with persuasive writing techniques. It will serve as a great introduction or reminder for your pupils.

It’s got everything from alliteration to hyperbole, and imperatives to repetition, all wrapped up with succinct descriptions and definitions.

Suffragettes and votes

This Votes for Women video and resource pack from UK Parliament contains activity ideas including a persuasive letter writing exercise. Pupils need to write a letter from an imprisoned Suffragette to their sibling. In it, they need to explain why they are willing to go to prison for their cause.

Influencing world leaders

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This lesson plan is part of a range of free resources produced for Send My Friend to School. This is the schools activity of the UK Global Campaign for Education. It asks world leaders to keep their promise to get all children into school.

The main task for students is to write a letter persuading someone with influence to support the rights of all children to get an education. The resource includes activities, discussion points, and two example letters.

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Students’ responses to persuasive writing assignments can become more considered and compelling by observing some key techniques, says Anthony Cockerill…

Throughout my teaching career, I’ve found that there’s a handful of topics for class discussion that never fail to get students to participate enthusiastically. Somewhat surprisingly, one of those is the topic of education itself.

I wanted to capitalise on my students’ eagerness to thrash out the pluses and minuses of their own experiences of schooling, and to teach them the process of planning, drafting and editing a piece of persuasive writing.

I also wanted to establish some maxims for great writing, without imposing a rigid framework or a list of success criteria.

To produce what AQA calls ‘ An enabling, provocative … controversial statement ’ to prompt students into writing a response offering their own viewpoint, I came up this: ‘Education is no longer fit for purpose’. This, I reasoned, could be a persuasive writing firecracker.

The following suggestions draw on my experiences of teaching what I eventually called ‘The Big School Debate’, though I’m sure you’ll also find them useful when applied to a topic of your choosing.

1 | Encourage students to plan broadly and gather ideas

Emphasise to students that to sustain their argument throughout the writing, they should develop a central idea and select reasons to support it. Examiners’ reports are clear that a crafted argument is crucial for success.

After screening stimulus material ranging from Sir Ken Robinson’s ‘Changing Paradigms’ lecture at the RSA and a  Good Morning Britain  interview with Katharine Birbalsingh, I fielded a classroom discussion in which I encouraged everyone to develop an individual response to the aforementioned controversial statement and to gather ideas in the form of a mind-map.

2 | Model the sequencing and structuring

I then gathered the students’ ideas into a series of on-screen text boxes to model how we might structure and sequence their ideas most powerfully.

Should we start with the strongest ideas first? Would the argument lose momentum this way? What about starting with the weakest ideas and building momentum as we go? What if we were to cluster them by theme?

The idea of clustering the ideas topically seemed like a sensible idea, but I suggested an alternative approach – grouping ideas by which mode of Aristotelian rhetoric they most suited.

A student proposed that in order to sustain powerful momentum throughout, we could open with the ‘ethos’ of the argument to establish a sense of virtue, followed by the ‘logos’ of the argument (an appeal to the reader’s sense of logic).

Last would be the ‘pathos’ of the argument, appealing to the reader’s emotions and contriving a powerful and lasting impact towards the end of the text.

3 | Open with an anecdote

A student in my class with an enviable grasp of writing to argue came up with this brilliant way to begin his piece:

‘ In the southwest of China’s Sichuan Province sits a small village called Atuleer, where the local schoolchildren must climb an 800m shaky bamboo ladder up the side of a mountain’s sheer cliff face every single day, just to get to school. ’

Another student who felt particularly strongly about school uniform produced a rather lacklustre opening, which contained the usual statistics about how many students in one school were sent home in the first week of term for flouting the rules.

But after reflecting on the importance of an immersive anecdote, she retooled it: ‘ Doting mum Julie Fowler had only just arrived at work when the telephone call came… ’

4 | Build explicit paragraph links to show visible cohesion

Students often productively employ the usual suspects, such as conjunctions or adverbials of time, within their writing. Another device that works really well is the explicit paragraph link, in which a motif or phrase in the last sentence of a paragraph is repeated in the first sentence of the next paragraph.

‘We live in a society where qualities such as creativity, individualism and entrepreneurialism are highly sought after by most employers, yet we continue to prepare our children for the factory,’ read the end of one student’s paragraph.

The next began: ‘Just like in a factory, kids today arrive at school not a minute too late or else they face punishment.’

This technique can help students employ much more bespoke and effective ways of linking ideas than the ubiquitous ‘Firstly… Secondly… Furthermore…’ approach.

5 | Emphasise the importance of personal pronouns

Students can create a rapport with the reader by addressing them directly. ‘We want our children to grow up fully prepared to take their place as happy and successful adults,’ wrote one student.

In this example, the first-person plural pronoun ‘we’ creates a sense of shared purpose and values, and also makes an assumption that the reader has already assented to the argument.

6 | Adopt the ‘tone’ of the powerful

The discourse of persuasion is the discourse of power. There are several gains a student might make in their own persuasive writing by ‘borrowing’ from powerful language.

I shared some examples from The Guardian , including the use of inverted commas to cast aspersions upon an idea, and posing a question immediately followed with a resoundingly clear answer.

I also encouraged my students to experiment with Latin connectives, such as ‘ergo’, ‘ad nauseam’ and ‘in perpetuum’ to suggest a sense of gravitas and bestow a high status ‘persona’ upon the writer.

7 | Experiment with sentence structures to showcase high-order thinking

Particular sentence structures can allow students to showcase sophisticated thinking. Subordinating conjunctions such as ‘however’ can allow a student to rebuff a counterargument, as can the preposition ‘despite’.

A student might use conjunctions such as ‘because’ and ‘since’ to demonstrate reasoning. Opening a sentence with a simile demonstrates understanding of loaded language.

8 | Change the level of formality for emphasis

A student might use parenthetical brackets to incorporate an informal joke or aside into their response. This can work extremely well, as the juxtaposition of humour or self-deprecation with the formal tone of argument can be an extremely sophisticated persuasive technique that gets the reader on side.

‘In the 1980s,’ wrote one student, ‘I made my way through school under the constant threat of being corporally punished, due to my failure to meet the school’s strict standards (I was usually to be found behind the bike sheds, fag in hand).’

I thought this student used a parenthetical aside to great effect. I also loved the way they adopted a ‘persona’ as part of their writing.

9 | Ensure students make thrifty use of persuasive devices

It’s important to ensure students don’t liberally scatter their responses with rhetorical devices.

Similarly, responses structured around mnemonics like DAFOREST can feel artificial and constrained.

Examiners’ reports are clear that a sustained argument should be led by the deeper structures of the argument itself, rather than simply signposted by persuasive devices.

10 | Write less, craft more

One student initially wrote over 2,000 words. The piece digressed at length about the merits of the education system in Finland, and in doing so really lost sight of the central thesis.

After cutting it down considerably, the student was still grappling with an overly long and unwieldy piece of writing. Offering verbal feedback as I sat with the student at a computer we pruned it brutally, then went back to edit and craft some more.

Anthony Cockerill is Head of English at Boroughbridge High School, North Yorkshire; for more information, visit anthonycockerill.com or follow @thecockerill .

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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 resources, take a look at the English hub .

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IELTS Writing Task 2

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This page gives information and advice on IELTS writing task 2.

Task 2 is very similar for the general training and academic modules.

You will have to write a 250-word essay on a common topic.

See the list of essay writing topics .

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IELTS Writing Task 2 – Structure

  • Place your ideas into paragraphs.
  • The best IELTS writing task 2 essays have four or five paragraphs.
  • Good paragraphing shows the examiner that your essay is well-organized.
  • This structure also helps you write well-developed sentences.
  • In this way, your essay will meet the 250-word requirement.

IELTS Writing Task 2 – Paragraphs

Students sometimes worry because they don’t know when to begin a new paragraph when they are writing an essay.

In general, you can organize your work as shown in the next section of this page.

This method of organization will demonstrate that you have thought about your response and planned your essay well.

IELTS Writing Task 2 – Paragraph 1 (The Introduction)

  • The first paragraph provides is the introduction to the essay.
  • This paragraph should include a clear thesis statement .
  • The thesis statement is a sentence which indicates your main idea.
  • The first paragraph can also give the reader an overview.
  • The overview says what your supporting points are going to be.

IELTS Writing Task 2 – Paragraph 2

  • In the second paragraph, you should expand on your first supporting point.
  • Your essay might appear more persuasive if you state your strongest point in this paragraph.

IELTS Writing Task 2 – Paragraphs 3 and 4

  • You should elaborate on your main idea in the third paragraph.
  • Here you should give the second supporting point of your argument.
  • Then mention the third supporting point in paragraph four.
  • This can be the supporting point that you feel to be the weakest.
  • You can combine these two points into one paragraph instead.

IELTS Writing Task 2 – Paragraph 5 (The Conclusion)

  • In the final paragraph of the task 2 essay, you should come to a conclusion.
  • The conclusion should sum up your argument.

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