Persuasive Writing Development

Over the past fortnight in class we have been looking at developing our understanding of persuasive writing. We started to explore what persuasive writing is by using Jenny Eather’s ‘Writing Fun’ website.

Our big focus this week was on backing up the arguments that we make using lots of evidence. Rather than writing whole pieces, we have been working to create plans for a lot of different topics and coming up with evidence to support the arguments we think of. The ‘Persuasion Map’ from ReadWriteThink has been very useful in supporting us to do this.

After working on quite a few plans during the week, we sat down on Friday to make a plan for the topic ‘Do we really need a school library?’. We had to come up with arguments to convince Mr Wigney whether to keep it open, or close it down to save money. Below is an example of one of our arguments, and the way we used evidence to support it.


Check out some more of our plans below! After we created our plans, we set about writing our persuasive piece. It was amazing to see the impact that our focus on planning the writing has had on the writing we produced. Everyone had really well supported arguments compared to our writing of a fortnight ago. Keep an eye out later in the week when we will publish some of our completed writing pieces.

Timetable and Learning Agenda for Week 3

This week in the 5/6 Unit we will be starting our first Inquiry Unit on ‘Identity and Crime’. We will be using a crime scene to explore concepts surrounding identity including who we are and how we are identified. Through our inquiry lessons, students will be developing their reading and writing skills, more specifically locating information and creating arguments using evidence sourced from a variety of locations. We will also be exploring maths and science skills.

In Maths, students are working in ability groups to develop their understanding of place value when working with numbers. At the end of grade six, students should be able to:

  • comprehend the size and order of small numbers (to thousandths) and large numbers (to millions).
  • model integers (positive and negative whole numbers and zero), common fractions and decimals.
  • place integers, decimals and common fractions on a number line. (from VELS, Mathematics, Level 4)

This is a jump from recognising and working with numbers from tens of thousands to hundredths at the end of grade four.

Our current English focus is on persuasive writing. Students will be using their work in the identity topic to help learn about persuasive writing, by forumulating an argument based on evidence to argue who committed the crime in our topic.

As well as these topics this week, we also have our regular staples. These include

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