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Writing to Persuade: School Dinners

In this worksheet, students will revise the features of persuasive writing. Then they prepare for a writing task for which they produce a letter to a headteacher persuading them to improve school dinners.

'Writing to Persuade: School Dinners' 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

In this worksheet you will revise persuasive devices and then plan and write a letter to your headteacher persuading them to improve your school dinners.

 


Firstly you are going to revise the persuasive and rhetorical techniques you may wish to use in your piece of writing.

 

Match the techniques below with their effects. Hover your mouse over the effects to see them in full.

 

You may wish to write down an example of each technique on a piece of paper.

Column A

Column B

Exaggeration or hyperbole
to give something greater emphasis
Imagery
to manipulate a reader's emotions or to be dramati...
Personal pronouns
to emphasise a point
Repetition
to make a group of words stand out
Rule of three
to paint a picture in the mind of the reader
Emotive language
to involve the reader or give the writing a sense ...
Alliteration
to involve the reader and make them think
Rhetorical questions
to emphasise a point

Now you are going to plan your written task. 

 

You have been asked to write a letter to your headteacher persuading them to improve school dinners at your school.

 

Spend 5-10 minutues planning your ideas and writing them down. You need to think about what is wrong with your current school dinners and how they can be improved.

Now look at your plan again using the 'Back' button. You should decide which of the different persuasive devices you will use for each idea. For example, you might choose to use the rule of three to emphasise a point.

 

Give an example of a persuasive device for each of your ideas.

Now you need to write your answer. Spent about 35-40 minutes writing under exam conditions.

 

You can use the 'Back' button to refer to your plan and examples.

 

When you have finished, your parent or guardian will be able to mark your answer using a GCSE style mark scheme.

  • Question 1

Firstly you are going to revise the persuasive and rhetorical techniques you may wish to use in your piece of writing.

 

Match the techniques below with their effects. Hover your mouse over the effects to see them in full.

 

You may wish to write down an example of each technique on a piece of paper.

CORRECT ANSWER
EDDIE SAYS
Award one mark for each correct answer.
  • Question 2

Now you are going to plan your written task. 

 

You have been asked to write a letter to your headteacher persuading them to improve school dinners at your school.

 

Spend 5-10 minutues planning your ideas and writing them down. You need to think about what is wrong with your current school dinners and how they can be improved.

CORRECT ANSWER
EDDIE SAYS
The student has been asked to write a letter to their headteacher persuading them to improve school dinners at their school.

Check that they have a plan that includes what is wrong with the current school dinners and how they can be improved.

You should award one mark for this task.

  • Question 3

Now look at your plan again using the 'Back' button. You should decide which of the different persuasive devices you will use for each idea. For example, you might choose to use the rule of three to emphasise a point.

 

Give an example of a persuasive device for each of your ideas.

CORRECT ANSWER
EDDIE SAYS
The student should give an example of a persuasive device for each of the points listed in their plan.

Award one mark for each point, up to a maximum of three marks.

  • Question 4

Now you need to write your answer. Spent about 35-40 minutes writing under exam conditions.

 

You can use the 'Back' button to refer to your plan and examples.

 

When you have finished, your parent or guardian will be able to mark your answer using a GCSE style mark scheme.

CORRECT ANSWER
EDDIE SAYS
Apply the following GCSE style mark scheme in a 'best fit' manner.

9 – 10 Marks:

• The student communicates ideas effectively and engages the reader with detailed, complex ideas

• Style and content is matched to audience and purpose

• The student uses a range of linguistic features such as rhetorical questions, irony, and exaggeration to engage the reader

• The student uses ambitious vocabulary and spells complex words correctly

• Paragraphs are used correctly and they use a range of different types of sentences with varied punctuation

• Student uses complex grammar

• Connectives are used fluently

5 – 8 Marks:

• The student successfully communicates and uses some detailed ideas

• The student clearly identifies audience and purpose

• The student uses some linguistic features such as rhetorical questions to engage the reader

• The student attempts to use some ambitious vocabulary and spells some complex words accurately

• There is an attempt at correct use of paragraphs and sentences are mainly punctuated correctly with an attempt at varied punctuation. Connectives are used but sometimes mechanically

1-4 Marks:

• There is limited communication of ideas and little detail – one or two ideas are linked

• There is little awareness of audience and purpose

• The student uses very few linguistic features such as rhetorical questions to engage the reader

• There is limited vocabulary and few complex words are spelt accurately

• There are no paragraphs and punctuation is often incorrect

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