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Writing to Persuade: Support for Charities

In this worksheet, students attempt a writing task under exam conditions. They spend 45 minutes writing a persuasive article for a newspaper.

'Writing to Persuade: Support for Charities' worksheet

Key stage:  KS 4

Curriculum topic:  Writing

Curriculum subtopic:  Be Aware of Audience/Purpose/Context in Own Writing

Difficulty level:  

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Worksheet Overview

QUESTION 1 of 10

This is an extended writing task, to test your ability to organise your ideas.

 

You should allow yourself 45 minutes to complete it. You may wish to spend 10-15 minutes of that time planning and making a list of connective words to use.  

 

Once you have finished, your parent or guardian will be able to mark your answer using our handy marking scheme.

Task: According to the charity Barnardo's, there are currently 3.6 million children living in poverty in the UK.

 

Write an article for your school newspaper persuading fellow students to support charities which help children living in poverty in the UK.

  • Question 1

Task: According to the charity Barnardo's, there are currently 3.6 million children living in poverty in the UK.

 

Write an article for your school newspaper persuading fellow students to support charities which help children living in poverty in the UK.

CORRECT ANSWER
EDDIE SAYS
Please mark your child's work using the marking scheme below:
9-10 marks: Paragraphs flow fluently and link well. Connective words are integrated smoothly into the text. Where appropriate, the student can use different length paragraphs and bullet points, speech etc very well.
7-8 marks: Ideas are always conveyed in full sentences and usually in fluent paragraphs. Connective words are used and mostly flow with the sentence and paragraph they are in. The student is beginning to use different length paragraphs and bullet points, speech etc when appropriate.
5-6 marks: Trying to write in paragraphs, with some use of connective words. There is a logical order to the organisation of sentences. Students use a new paragraph for speech.
3-4 marks: Not much use of connective words, resulting in a confused collection of sentences. No real evidence of paragraphs or conscious variety in length.
1-2 marks: Very little written and/or very difficult to read. Even when read aloud, the work does not seem to make much sense. Student is struggling to use full sentences.

As well as giving students a mark out of 10, it is helpful to give them targets from the mark scheme as to how to improve.

Connectives include words such as: 'firstly', 'therefore', 'additionally', 'moreover', 'furthermore', 'hence' etc. A quick online search will reveal many more. These should be integrated into the writing, sounding as if they naturally fit when read aloud.

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