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9 of the best persuasive writing worksheets and resources for KS3 and KS4 English

Whether they're arguing for a good cause or selling the latest product, give your secondary students all the techniques and tricks they need to be able to write to persuade…

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DOWNLOAD A FREE RESOURCE! KS4 English Lesson Plan – Build Persuasive Writing Skills by Letting Teens Pen a Letter of Complaint

1 | Persuasive techniques slideshow

This Slideshare presentation offers a great introduction to persuasive writing and its concepts and terms for students.

Check it out here.

2 | Write a letter of complaint

The new GCSE syllabus encourages pupils to craft their writing in order to be imaginative and engaging. However, inspiring pupils to write a lively personal response can be a real challenge.

So, how can we enthuse our young people? Encourage teenagers to do what they do best: complain – albeit in the form of a sophisticated, engaging, witty and highly persuasive protest worthy of a grade 9.

Get this resource here.

3 | Persuasion techniques

This handy little printable PDF is packed with persuasive writing techniques that will serve as a great introduction or reminder for your pupils.

It’s got everything from alliteration to hyperbole, and imperatives to repetition, all wrapped up with succinct descriptions and definitions.

Download and print it here.

4 | “Yeah, But, No, But…”

Is it really a good idea to invite Vicky Pollard into your classroom to help students get to grips with persuasive writing? Steve Duffy thinks he can convince you.

This lesson combines a variety of individual and group tasks designed to get students to explore difficult moral issues, while at the same time developing their understanding of how writers manipulate language and why it is essential to support opinions with evidence.

Students will develop their vocabulary, analyse how speakers use language and different types of evidence to persuade, and create a piece of persuasive writing.

Get this resource here.

5 | Charlie Chaplin’s The Great Dictator

How can Charlie Chaplin help students to become persuasive and voice their emotions?

Here, you will be looking at how it can help students to create a piece of persuasive writing, but it can also be easily adapted for teaching descriptive, narrative and argumentative styles.

Get this resource here.

6 | Suffragettes and votes

This Votes for Women video and resource pack contains activity ideas including a persuasive letter writing exercise.

Pupils need to write a letter from an imprisoned Suffragette to their sibling, explaining why they are willing to go to prison for their cause. The letters need to be able to convey not only their personal feelings, but also to justify their views in the wider context of the Suffragette movement.

It should also make clear arguments in favour of what they are doing, and the results they hope to gain from it.

Find the pack here.

7 | Write and argue

This PowerPoint resource is in-depth look at how to persuade and argue effectively, using the ‘AFOREST’ list of persuasive techniques: alliteration, facts, opinions, repetition, emotive language, statistics, threes (rule of).

You’ll find the download link here.

8 | Influencing world leaders

This lesson plan was part of a range of free resources produced for Send My Friend to School, the schools activity of the UK Global Campaign for Education, which was asking world leaders to keep their promise to get all children into school.

The main task for students is to write a letter persuading someone with influence to support the rights of all children to get an education.

The resource includes activities, discussion points, and two example letters.

Grab this one here.

9 | 10 tips for better persuasive writing

Anthony Cockerill, head of English at Boroughbridge High School, has put together ten top ways to improve students’ persuasive writing abilities, including better planning, modelling sequencing and structuring, and opening with an anecdote.

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