Writing to argue, persuade, advise
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Winston Churchill speech excerpt
A simple resource - useful for higher ability groups - in which students read this excerpt from a famous speech and annotate it for persuasive devices.
Comparing persuasive speeches
Students compare speeches given by James Corden (in character as Smithy from 'Gavin and Stacey') and President Obama, analysing the techniques and then replicating these in their own writing.
A list of persuasive techniques for students to try and guess!
Persuading your parents
Students have to present a 'structured' argument persuading their parents to let them go to a party!
England riots persuasive speech analysis
Suggestions for using a word analysis quadrant to help students get to grips with the persuasive language used in Tariq Jahan's speech (given after his son was killed during the August 2011 riots). Also includes a Magnet interactive version and PowerPoint of riot images.
Can you sell a house?
A fun activity which puts your students' persuasive writing skills to the test!
Recipe for a formal letter
A fun activity in which students cut out sections of a formal letter with examples and put them into an appropriate order - then write their own! The whizzy Sequencing task helps students structure a formal letter.
A persuasive writing activity in which students have to create an advert for their 'Planet Perfect'.
A formal letter of complaint
Students select the most appropriate sentence starts for a formal letter of complaint. Could be used as a writing frame and possible answers included.
Argument writing secrets
A secret formula for writing good arguments to help students to plan and write arguments. A whizzy version is included.
The man on the wall story problem
A task which prompts students' creative thinking to develop storylines, explanations and counter arguments.
Olympic product launch
Students write a launch for a new sports drink to try and win a marketing contract.
Writing to persuade checklist
A simple checklist for assessment, peer assessment, or planning responses.
Got a problem? Let me help you!
A good guide to writing convincing problem page letters and responses. Students find their own examples then write a version of their own. Magazines and newspapers not included!
Sequencing George Bush's 9/11 address to the nation
Using clues in the speech to guide them, students put the speech in the correct order and try to work out who gave it and when. (Correct order: J, F, B, E, L, A, K, N D, G, I, C, M, H)
High School Musical hits the UK!
Persuade the producers that your school is the place for a UK version of 'High School Musical'.
It's all in the structure
A useful template to help students to structure their arguments successfully. Also includes a sheet of key transitional words.
Monster hunt - writing a persuasive letter
A writing mat to assist KS3 students in writing a persuasive letter.
Rat o' burger!
A RAT in my burger! Students read and annotate this letter, and then plan and write a persuasive placatory reponse to it.
Oh, the agony!
A thought-provoking stimulus for a writing to advise letter writing task.
Two Obama speeches!
The acceptance and inaugural speeches crunched! Compare the two and draw your own conclusions. (Sheet 2 is a prompt sheet for KS3 and 4 students. KS5 students will be able to find their own connections/contrasts/groupings.)
School trips - what a useless waste of time!
A model answer for students to annotate according to listed success criteria. Students are then asked to create their own school trip argument.
Big Brother is watching…
Based on a fictional newspaper article about introducing CCTV to schools. Students refine their initial responses before taking part in a class discussion. A choice of written tasks is included for follow-up / extension work.
Flog that house!
A lovely persuasive activity, well suited to lower ability pupils. Gives suggestions and guidance for writing an emotive description for a house.
Cats are better than dogs! Miaow!
Pupils colour code or annotate a simple speech, flagging up its persuasive features. This resource would suit less able students.
Persuasive writing trail map and guide
Suggestions for approaching persuasive writing. Includes a list of key Teachit persuasive writing resources and ways they might be used.
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Pick a pair - revising the features of persuasive writing
Aka pelmanism. A nice way of consolidating key terminology.
Young people council meeting
Write a speech to deliver to the council about the needs of young people.
Top grade persuasion
Clear and accessible tips for exam success. Great for visual learners.
Achieve your dream
An enticing stimulus for a persuasive letter writing task - apply to have your dream come true.
Building an argument
A handy PowerPoint, ideal for teaching argumentative writing.
Pick a pair - revising the features of an argument
Aka pelmanism. A nice way of consolidating key terminology.
Students write a persuasive speech in which they petition for their most hated items to disappear into the legendary abyss.
Crunched version of 'I have a dream' (Martin Luther King)
Useful as a stimulus for creative writing and a soft introduction to the text itself. Before reading the original speech students use the words to write poems, so there is recognition and the possibility of special insights into the imagery when the speech is introduced. Alternatively, use to analyse King's use of vocabularly, especially repetition.
Revision sheets on writing to persuade, including advice on writing a speech and a checklist to use when planning.
'Theme Park' persuasive writing leaflet
Plans and writing frames to help students to design and evaluate a persuasive leaflet for a theme park.
A chain email
Explore the techniques used in this argumentative email.
Estate Agency Details
An estate agent's description of a house could be misleading - students look for clues and re-write it.
Revising persuasive tactics
Timed PowerPoint presentation based on the mnemonic 'A forest' - good for a starter or plenary.
Persuasive poster task
In groups, produce a poster to persuade non-smoking pupils to report smokers. Includes four different briefs.
Dickens' letter to The Times
Use the letter and persuasive techniques provided to explore persuasive writing.
Persuasive writing worksheet
Learn persuasive skills to apply to your own work.
Exam preparation (GCSE): Sample questions (AQA A)
A useful revision aid.
Persuasive techniques (teacher's copy)
A flexible mix and match activity. (Match the technique to the description and example). (Trail1)
To argue or persuade
Five steps to exam success. A well designed handout to aid students' revision.
Argumentative writing: school uniform
A writing frame.
Writing to argue exam preparation
Sample exam question ( a letter to your Headteacher) including a sheet of useful phrases.
Writing to advise exam preparation
Sample question - write a GCSE revision advice sheet. Includes useful phrases.
Writing to persuade exam preparation
Example question (a persuasive school newsletter piece) and handy notes.
The structure of informative and persuasive writing
5 pages, including OHT checklists of features of informative, persuasive and argument writing.
Writing a speech
User friendly resources for preparing a persuasive speech on a familiar subject.
Campaigning for farm animals - persuasive / powerful language
A cloze exercise and teacher's notes examining the use of emotive language in persuasive writing.
Questions to ask when studying.
An exercise in persuasive writing.
Design a poster in which you put across your views about junk food. Great as a simple way in to argumentative writing.