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NSW Syllabuses

Stage 3 - Activity 1

Persuasive Text - Discussion

Description of activity

Students research, plan, draft and write a discussion on a topic of their choice.  They produce a hand-written draft, and then a final draft is published using a computer.


Students have explored how language is a powerful tool for expressing a point of view. They have deconstructed and analysed the language features of a variety of persuasive texts. Students have participated in a number of discussions on a range of topics to practise expressing a point of view with justification. They were asked to apply their understanding of persuasive techniques to compose a text on a topic that they felt strongly about.


EN3-2A composes, edits and presents well-structured and coherent texts
EN3-5B discusses how language is used to achieve a widening range of purposes for a widening range of audiences and contexts
EN3-7C thinks imaginatively, creatively, interpretively and critically about information and ideas and identifies connections between texts when responding to and composing texts

EN3-6B uses knowledge of sentence structure, grammar, punctuation and vocabulary to respond to and compose clear and cohesive texts in different media and technologies

EN3-8D identifies and considers how different viewpoints of their world, including aspects of culture, are represented in texts

Criteria for assessing learning

(These criteria would normally be communicated to students with the activity.)
Students will be assessed on their ability to:

  • draft, revise and publish a written text
  • justify a point of view with supporting evidence
  • use language features and conventions appropriate for a discussion text.

Graded student work samples - Mid Stage

Grade AGrade B
No samples No samples
Grade CGrade D

Graded student work samples - End Stage

Grade AGrade B
Grade CGrade D