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Persuasive Writing KS2 – ‘Eating Insects’ Topic in 5 Lessons

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This 43-page download contains plans and resources for a series of five lessons centred on a unique ‘writing for a purpose’ activity – convincing a teacher to eat insects!

The lessons in this pack aim to give children the opportunity to rehearse persuasive arguments and create a piece of persuasive writing via a series of distinct stages. The lesson order and included resources are as follows:

  • Lesson 1 - Introduction
    Resources used – entomophagy question sheets, entomophagy thinking cards, ‘Bug Question’ thinking cards with answers for staff use
  • Lesson 2 - Plan
    Resources used – entomophagy vocabulary sheets, entomophagy writing plan
  • Lesson 3 - Debate
  • Lesson 4 - Writing
  • Lesson 5 - Editing
    Resources used – Persuasive writing editing cards

Supplementary resources

  • Entomophagy PowerPoint presentation (including interactive quiz on insect eating)
  • Edible insects fact sheet
  • Entomphagy fact sheet
  • Maths mental starter cards
  • Packet of edible insects (optional…)

National Curriculum English programme of study links

Pupils should be taught to develop positive attitudes towards, and stamina for writing by, writing for different purposes.

  • 5 lesson plans on persuasive writing
  • PowerPoint – an introduction to entomophagy (the eating of insects) including a quiz
  • 6 question cards to prompt discussion about entomophagy
  • 6 question prompt cards with answers
  • 1 research prompt card to support children in researching the eating of insects
  • 1 research card with answers
  • Entomophagy vocabulary – 11 technical words and their definitions for children to use in their writing
  • Edible insects fact sheet
  • Persuasive writing planning worksheet
  • Persuasive writing editing cards
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