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NSW Syllabuses

Stage 2 - Activity 5

Persuasive Text - Discussion

Description of activity

Students write a persuasive text on a chosen topic, eg ‘Should students be given homework?’ They produce a handwritten draft, and then publish a final draft using a computer.


Students have analysed the forms and features of persuasive texts in written, visual and spoken forms. They have explored how language is a powerful tool in persuading an audience. Students have studied advertising campaigns and discussed the effective use of language to convince the audience. They were then asked to compose a persuasive text to demonstrate their understanding of the purposeful use of language.


EN2-2A plans, composes and reviews a range of texts that are more demanding in terms of topic, audience and language
EN2-3A uses effective handwriting and publishes texts using digital technologies
EN2-5A uses a range of strategies, including knowledge of letter–sound correspondences and common letter patterns, to spell familiar and some unfamiliar words

EN2-7B identifies and uses language forms and features in their own writing appropriate to a range of purposes, audiences and contexts

EN2-9B uses effective and accurate sentence structure, grammatical features, punctuation conventions and vocabulary relevant to the type of text when responding to and composing 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
  • use appropriate written language features for a persuasive text, eg statement outlining the issue, arguments for and against, conclusion
  • use a range of strategies to spell familiar and unfamiliar words
  • use joined letters when writing in the NSW Foundation Style
  • demonstrate basic desktop publishing skills.

Graded student work samples - End Stage

Grade AGrade B
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Grade CGrade D