We are frequently asked for good texts to use as models for persuasive writing. We don’t have any books on our list of texts that teach which are persuasive because that is not the form that these texts come in. However, this morning I received two different types of persuasive texts through the post. The first is from the British Legion asking for money using the 70th annniversary of D-Day as a focus.
There is a letter with the ‘call to action’ explaining how you can donate money and why. There is a leaflet which contains four stories of unsurpassed bravery. Making an emotional link with people is a very powerful persuasive device and this leaflet does it really well. Finally there is a small union jack leaflet which has space on the back for you write a message of thanks to the D-Day heroes. This is returned in the envelope provided with your donation. This pack would make a great model for Yr6 pupils to create their own around something that they feel strongly about.
The second is a brochure for cars from BMW and how easily they can be purchased for just a small amount each month. It would suit Yrs 3 and 4 where they could create a persuasive leaflet about pets, toys or new PE equipment they would like in school.
There are also some good resources online. Here are some of the ones that I have used recently:
- An interactive planning tool to create a persuasive text with an emphasis on topic sentences and supporting ideas from readwritethink
- sample persuasive speeches from wikihow
- One school’s examples and resources for speeches they have created
- Persuasive examples from Australia – scroll about halfway through (page 10) for the cyberbully speech
- an example of a persuasive speech which could be used for children to practise intonation, pauses etc to find out what creates a response from an audience
- Dragon’s Den clips
What are your favourite resources for persuasion?