In this lesson, students will learn about the paper recycling loop and the impact that choosing recycled products can have. Students will consider the persuasive text type and then plan, draft and write a persuasive piece that uses key information from the Planet Ark closing the local recycle loop video. This lesson can be used as valuable practise for NAPLAN*.
- practise the persuasive writing task that is featured in the National Assessment Program’s writing test administered in years 3, 5, 7 & 9
- betterunderstand the persuasive text type and some of the techniques used within the genre to persuade audiences
- be able to plan, draft and write a persuasive text in response to a set prompt
- write their opinion and draw on personal knowledge and experience when responding to set prompts.
Lesson guides and printables
Australian Curriculum content descriptions:
Year 9 English:
- Investigate how evaluation can be expressed directly and indirectly using devices, for example allusion, evocative vocabulary and metaphor (ACELA1552)
- Create imaginative, informative and persuasive texts that present a point of view and advance or illustrate arguments, including texts that integrate visual, print and/or audio features (ACELY1746)
- Review and edit students’ own and others’ texts to improve clarity and control over content, organisation, paragraphing, sentence structure, vocabulary and audio/visual features (ACELY1747)
Year 10 English:
- Understand how paragraphs and images can be arranged for different purposes, audiences, perspectives and stylistic effects (ACELA1567)
- Refine vocabulary choices to discriminate between shades of meaning, with deliberate attention to the effect on audiences (ACELA1571)
- Create sustained texts, including texts that combine specific digital or media content, for imaginative, informative, or persuasive purposes that reflect upon challenging and complex issues (ACELY1756)
- Review, edit and refine students’ own and others’ texts for control of content, organisation, sentence structure, vocabulary, and/or visual features to achieve particular purposes and effects (ACELY1757)
Year 9 Achievement Standards: Students create texts that respond to issues, interpreting and integrating ideas from other texts. They contribute actively to class and group discussions, comparing and evaluating responses to ideas and issues. They edit for effect, selecting vocabulary and grammar that contribute to the precision and persuasiveness of texts and using accurate spelling and punctuation.
Year 10 Achievement Standards: Students show how the selection of language features can achieve precision and stylistic effect. They explain different viewpoints, attitudes and perspectives through the development of cohesive and logical arguments. They develop their own style by experimenting with language features, stylistic devices, text structures and images. They demonstrate understanding of grammar, vary vocabulary choices for impact, and accurately use spelling and punctuation when creating and editing texts.
Time required: 90 mins
Level of teacher scaffolding: Medium – oversee activities, facilitate discussion
- Internet access
- Student Worksheet (one copy per student OR computers/tablets to access the online worksheet)
- Pen and paper for writing
- Projector and speakers
- Cool Australia Presents – How to be persuasive Year 9 & 10, Effects Wheel diagram print out (for extension activity)
Planet Ark’s National Recycling Week started in 1996 to bring a national focus to the environmental benefits of recycling. This highly regarded annual campaign continues to educate and stimulate behaviour change by promoting kerbside, industrial and community recycling initiative. It also gives people the tools to minimise waste and manage material resources responsibly at home, work and school. In partnership with Planet Ark, we have developed lessons from early learning through to year 10 to help educators bring these important topics into the classroom.
National Recycling Week is held in the second week of November each year but you can recycle all year-round with these lessons which were designed to be used at any time. Click here to find out more about National Recycling Week and the Schools Recycle Right Challenge.