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NSW Syllabuses

Stage 5 - Activity 4

Persuasive speech

Description of activity

Students prepare and deliver a five-minute speech to persuade listeners to attend a new production of Romeo and Juliet.  They have chosen an original concept for their production that recontextualises the themes and characterization of Romeo and Juliet while keeping the language and story of the play intact.  In the speech students explain their production and refer to two scenes in the play to illustrate how their original concept is reflected in their production.


Students have completed a close critical study of Romeo and Juliet and have identified and discussed the key ideas or issues and how they have been explored.  They have an understanding of how a production concept is reflected in the staging.  Students are familiar with the language forms and features and structures of persuasive texts.


EN5-1A responds to and composes increasingly sophisticated and sustained texts for understanding, interpretation, critical analysis, imaginative expression and pleasure
EN5-4B effectively transfers knowledge, skills and understanding of language concepts into new and different contexts
EN5-5C thinks imaginatively, creatively, interpretively and critically about information and increasingly complex ideas and arguments to respond to and compose texts in a range of contexts
EN5-9E purposefully reflects on, assesses and adapts their individual and collaborative skills with increasing independence and effectiveness

Criteria for assessing learning

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

Students will be assessed on their ability to:

  • compose and deliver a persuasive speech using language appropriate to audience, purpose and context
  • demonstrate knowledge of Romeo and Juliet and understanding of the effect of dramatic and staging techniques
  • explain the concept behind their production by making reference to scenes from the play.

Graded student work samples - End Stage

Grade AGrade B
no samples
Grade CGrade D
no samples