Grade 5 English Lesson Plan: Persuasive Writing

Grade 5 English Lesson Plan: Persuasive Writing

Materials Needed:
– Textbooks
– Writing paper and pencils
– Projector and slides (if available)
– Examples of persuasive texts
– Worksheet with persuasive phrases
– Vocabulary cards

Learning Objectives:
– Understand the purpose and structure of persuasive writing.
– Identify key elements of persuasive texts.
– Write a short persuasive paragraph using appropriate techniques and vocabulary.

Vocabulary:
– Persuade: To convince someone to believe or do something.
– Argument: The main point or reason for persuading someone.
– Evidence: Facts or information that support an argument.
– Audience: The group of people you are trying to persuade.
– Claim: A statement that expresses a particular idea or point of view.

Previous Learning:
Students have previously learned how to write descriptive paragraphs and narratives, focusing on grammar, punctuation, and structure.

Anticipated Challenges and Solutions:
– Difficulty distinguishing between opinion and evidence: Use examples to illustrate the difference.
– Struggle with writing clearly and concisely: Provide sentence starters and templates.
– Uneven engagement: Use group activities to foster collaborative learning.

Beginning Activities (10%):
(4 minutes)
1. Greet students and briefly recap the types of writing they have learned before.
2. Introduce today’s topic: persuasive writing. Explain the learning objectives.
3. Show examples of persuasive writing, highlighting key elements (e.g., advertisements, letters, opinion pieces).

Middle Activities (80%):
(32 minutes)
1. Direct Instruction:
– Define persuasive writing and its purpose. Discuss the vocabulary terms.
– Break down a sample persuasive text to identify the claim, arguments, evidence, and audience.

(10 minutes)
2. Guided Practice:
– In pairs, students will pick a simple topic (e.g., “Should school uniforms be mandatory?”).
– Each pair brainstorms their arguments and evidence, with guidance from the teacher.

(10 minutes)
3. Independent Practice:
– Students write a short persuasive paragraph on the topic they brainstormed, using a template provided.
– Encourage the use of persuasive phrases from the worksheet.

(12 minutes)

End Activities (10%):
(4 minutes)
1. Have a few students volunteer to read their paragraphs to the class.
2. Provide constructive feedback highlighting strong arguments and areas for improvement.
3. Briefly summarise the lesson and revisit learning objectives to check students’ understanding.

Assessment and Checks for Understanding:
– Observe student participation during guided practice.
– Review persuasive paragraphs written by students.
– Use an exit slip where students write one thing they learned and one question they still have.

Differentiation Strategies for Diverse Learners:
– For learners needing extra support: Provide sentence starters and additional one-on-one assistance.
– For advanced learners: Encourage them to write longer paragraphs or introduce counterarguments.

Teaching Notes:
– Emphasise the importance of supporting claims with evidence.
– Be mindful of diverse opinions and foster a respectful classroom environment.
– Use technology tools like a projector to display persuasive text examples effectively.
– Adapt materials for students with disabilities, such as using larger fonts or audio recordings.

By teaching students persuasive writing, we’re equipping them with essential skills for critical thinking and effective communication.

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