This lesson focuses on linking arguments and persuasive techniques to the audience of a persuasive text. Students will consider why and how people are persuaded and the different strategies that could be used to do so. They will choose a specific audience and write a piece to convince them to take an action. Students will review a peer’s work and make suggestions for improvement, then reflect on their own approach to the task. This lesson is designed to provide valuable practice for NAPLAN, the national literacy test held in Years 3, 5, 7 and 9*.
- link persuasive devices to their intended audience.
- identify the intended audience of their own persuasive text
- identify the perspective, needs or interests of their intended audience
- explain why their arguments or persuasive devices are suited to their audience.
Lesson guides and printables
Australian Curriculum content descriptions:
Year 5 English:
- Understand how to move beyond making bare assertions and take account of differing perspectives and points of view (ACELA1502).
- Understand how texts vary in purpose, structure and topic as well as the degree of formality (ACELA1504).
- Use interaction skills, for example paraphrasing, questioning and interpreting non-verbal cues and choose vocabulary and vocal effects appropriate for different audiences and purposes (ACELY1796).
- Identify and explain characteristic text structures and language features used in imaginative, informative and persuasive texts to meet the purpose of the text (ACELY1701).
- Re-read and edit student’s own and others’ work using agreed criteria for text structures and language features (ACELY1705).
Syllabus outcomes: EN3-8D, EN3-3A, EN3-5B, EN3-1A, EN2-1A.
General capabilities: Critical and Creative Thinking, Literacy.
Relevant parts of Year 5 English achievement standards: Students create imaginative, informative and persuasive texts for different purposes and audiences.
Unit of work: Faber-Castell – NAPLAN Preparation.
Time required: 120 mins.
Level of teacher scaffolding: Medium – some students may require support to develop or refine ideas.
This lesson is designed to build students’ competencies in the following skills:
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