Persuasive Letter

Why do this project?

Sometimes we get the things we want and sometimes we get the things we don’t want. When children make requests, whether at home or school, they are often denied. It usually happens like this: their point of view is briefly acknowledged, then a list of rational reasons as to why they cannot have what they want follows, and so the status quo is maintained. Being given the opportunity to put forward a point of view and make a successful request through persuasive writing should capture children’s interest. At last they will learn a way of possibly getting what they want!

This project is about learning to write a persuasive letter for personal gain. Children will be writing to someone in a position of power or influence such as family members, celebrities, organisations, or to you, their teacher! Children are likely to focus on the following opportunities:

  • Purchase something or have something purchased for them.
  • Get a response from a celebrity, expert or organisation.
  • Do something or go somewhere.
  • Change their circumstances, responsibilities or level of independence.

This class writing project provides you with:

+ Comprehensive teacher notes:

  • Suggestions for both year group and whole school writing progression.
  • Advice for teachers on how to write great mentor texts.
  • Over 35 writing study and functional grammar mini-lessons.
  • Suggested book list for your classroom library.

+ Our popular and photocopiable child-facing Genre Booklet which includes:

  • Year 4 purpose and audience writing wheel
  • Publishing and performance menu
  • 2 exemplar texts
  • Idea generation techniques
  • Dabbling and drafting advice
  • Revision checklist
  • Editing checklist

+ Our quick guide to teaching writing



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