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Persuasive Writing – KS2 Writing Features Challenge Mat Worksheets

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These worksheets are an excellent way to develop children’s understanding and use of persuasive writing in KS2. There are a number of activities that demonstrate different types of persuasive writing, along with a model text, examples of adverts, and writing challenges.

There are images to included to help inspire children’s writing, as well as sentences for the children to rewrite and improve upon.

It’s a great way to revise previous learning, and to experiment with new ideas.

This primary resource is divided into five sections:

  • Understand
    Look at the sentences provided, and after each one, write down any persuasive techniques the writer has used, from the list given. Then rewrite each of the next set of sentences so that they are more persuasive.
  • Explain
    What persuasive writing techniques can you spot in the adverts provided? Which of these adverts do you think is most effective and why? Which of these adverts do you think is least effective, and how would you improve it?
  • Challenge
    Write three sentences about each of the items shows. Make sure you are persuading the reader to try them out!
  • Test
    Read the letter given, then complete the table on the next sheet with examples of each technique, taken from the text.
  • Apply
    Somebody in your class has built a giant robot and wants to bring it into school. Your teacher is undecided about whether or not this is a good idea. What do you think? Help your teacher decide by writing a letter persuading her to allow giant robots in class, or to ban them from the school.

National Curriculum English programme of study links

  • Develop positive attitudes towards, and stamina for writing by, writing for different purposes.
  • Plan their writing by discussing writing that is similar to that which they are planning to write in order to learn from its structure, vocabulary and grammar.
  • Plan their writing by identifying the audience for and purpose for writing, selecting the appropriate form and using other similar writing as models for their own.
  • Draft and write by selecting the appropriate grammar and vocabulary, understanding how such choices can change and enhance meaning.

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