Persuasive Writing

 This term we will continue to enjoy writing in MLY.

We know that writing requires:

  •  much preparation and practice.
  •  a special structure to go with each type of text.
  • care and attention to spelling, punctuation and grammar.

In the Middle Department we try to develop our pieces of writing.

If we give a score after carefully evaluating our work we can set a goal to improve.

We have our ‘I Can’ statements to help us.


level 3

I can write an orientation that introduces the reader to the event or experience that will be described
I can write in first or third person
I can write in the past tense
I can include a list of events described in their correct order with an attempt at paragraphing
I can use a variety of adjectives to describe the events
I can use a variety of conjunctions to link sentences together to make them more interesting. For example – then, later on, after, finally
I can include personal comments about the event or experience
I include a conclusion at the end to sum up the recount
I can include diagrams/illustrations to support the text


Level 3

I can write an orientation with an interesting opening sentence that grabs the attention of the reader.
I can write an orientation with a setting that is described with at least two sentences.
I can include well described characters.
I can include a believable problem or complication that has to be solved.
I include a series of events that occur in order.
I include a complication that is solved by a believable resolution.
I can use at least five interesting new words.
I can proof read my work with attempts to correct spelling, improve my sentence structure and correct punctuation.


Level 3

I can include an opening statement which says the issue that will be argued
I include an opening statement which says my opinion about the issue
I can write points to support my opinion
I include points presented in a logical way with some supporting information to help argue my point of view
I write a separate paragraph for each point
My writing is written in the present tense
I can use emotive words to persuade the reader
I can write a concluding statement that sums up the argument

Our special focus will be ‘PERSUASIVE WRITING’.
Here is a You tube video to ‘tune in’ to this special text type.

We will need develop an opinions about different topics.
Here are some ideas for discussion this week.

  1. Cats make better pets than dogs.
  2. The best colour in the rainbow is purple.
  3. There should be Saturday school for all students.
  4. Homework should be banned.

The tip is to persuade your audience….you do not really have to believe in the argument.
This graphic organiser is an easy one to use.










Keep this Persuasive Writing Success Criteria in mind as you write your argumenmts.

1. I clearly chose a side.
2. I have a great opening sentence.
3 I have 3 or more good arguments.
4 I have included some facts.
5 I have included opinions and personal views.
6 I remained on the topic.
7 I have a strong closing sentence.
8 I have used some technical terms related to the topic.
9 I have written in the first person.
Here is Mrs Lynch’s argument about ‘The Best AFL team’.


Geelong is undoubtedly the best team in the AFL competition. There are many reasons why everyone should get behind their home team and support “The Cats’.
Firstly the colours look great. The navy and white hoops present very smartly on the big television screens. The colours are much better than brown and yellow (Hawks) or black and yellow (Richmond).
Secondly, Geelong have won the premiership many times over the past 10 years. They have achieved the best records by far, including the longest winning streak 23 games; the highest score recorded in a single game (37.17 (239) ; the highest-ever aggregate season total for points scored (3,334 points); the record for restricting an opponent to the lowest ever score in a game (St Kilda 0.1 (1); the most consecutive 100-point victories (3 games in a row); the longest winning streak in interstate games (12 games) the longest home ground winning streak—29 games straight. It is the only team to have had nine players selected in a single
All-Australian team (2007). In 2009, Geelong became the only club to win more than 18 games in three successive seasons. They are also the only club in the league to have never finished lower than 12th position. Little kids can trust this team to win. Winning teams, like Geelong, do not disappoint kids and turn them off footy. Losing teams make kids stay inside and play computer games rather than getting outside to kick the football.
Thirdly, The Cats players are great sportsmen. They do not get reported very often and they always show good sportsmanlike behaviour during the game. Many other teams have players who get into trouble with the police. This is extremely scary for kids who look up to players as role models.
Finally Geelong has a fantastic football ground at Kardinia Park. It is the perfect place to take the whole family to watch the greatest team of all….Geelong.
I hope that you agree that Geelong is, was and always will be the best team in the AFL.

One thought on “Persuasive Writing

  1. Dear Mrs Lynch and MLY,
    I liked the augment. Joel and I already go for cats!

    Mykaela Bernoth

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