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Contents1. School Uniform – For and Against 00:30 - 2:45
Revise the argument
These are the comments from the children in the clip. Cut them out and separate them into ‘For’ and ‘Against’ columns.
Think and discuss
What’s wrong with the current school uniform
2. Our Neighbourhood 02:47 – 06:23
Stoke Newington High Street
3. Anti-smoking 06:26 – 09:24
Quit It’ Poster
TV Advert – Ban smoking everywhere
Types of pet
For pets in school
Case for having a pet
|Lesson Starters – KS2 Persuasive Writing|
Support materials for teachers
Persuasive writing is all about convincing someone else to adopt a different point of view. Persuasive texts can take many different forms which employ similar structures and features. The children will need to construct their writing using good reasons and factual evidence, appropriate language, short sentences for emphasis and words such as connectives and imperatives as well as personal pronouns. These Lesson Starters are designed as a prompt for a range of persuasive writing activities across Years 3 – 6.
Interactive whiteboard (IWB) opportunities
The clips can all be used on an interactive whiteboard or adapted using the whiteboard tools to capture video screen shots straight into the notebook. You can then annotate over the screen using the pen tools and make interactive resources within notebook such as spelling and vocabulary. Having captured a still image from the clip, the spotlight or reveal facility can be used to focus on one particular aspect.
Download the Lesson Starter clips and save them on the desktop or a memory stick. The clips can be edited using Windows Movie Maker and/or put into a PowerPoint presentation. This also allows pupils to write or rewrite a news report or make a multi-media presentation.
Pupils express opposing views in the age-old debate about school uniform.
Before watching: Set up a ‘concept line’ (long piece of rope/string) across the classroom. The children come up and position themselves on the line according to their point of view. In this example, one end would represent view ‘For’ school uniform and the opposite end ‘Against’. Those unsure would place themselves somewhere in the middle.
^ These are some of the quotes from the children in the clip. The ‘For’ comments and the ‘Against’ comments are all mixed up. Ask the children, in groups, to cut out the boxes and sort them under ‘For’ and ‘Against’.
^ When the children have sorted the comments they can discuss the issue and add two or more points to each category.
Make a presentation: The children are given a scenario of a school council meeting in which the council members have asked for a review to update the current school uniform. They role play the meeting and practise presenting their views to the headteacher (teacher in role). To help them present their case, the children (school council members) could complete the grid below
The following points could be shown on the interactive whiteboard for reference.
Promoting school uniform: Have a class discussion to promote the benefits of school uniform. In groups, children then plan a PowerPoint presentation featuring up to 8 slides. The aim is for them to promote the argument for school uniform to a group of parents. They can use a grid to plan the content of each slide.
^ Set up a role play with a classroom courtroom scenario where one side favours school uniform and the other doesn’t. One of the children is the judge, two of the children speak for the ‘Prosecution’ (abolish school uniform) and another two children speak for the ‘defence’ (keep school uniform). 12 children are on the jury and the rest are witnesses. Another class could also be invited to attend the courtroom debate and, having listened to the arguments, vote on the case.
The inhabitants of an inner city locality put forward opposing views about what the neighbourhood has to offer.
Talk about the clip: The clip presents two completely different points of view about the same place. What is the impression the children have of this area from watching the clip? What do they think is the truth? Ask them to fill in their responses in the right-hand column of this grid.
Letter: Can the children help the people of Stoke Newington start a campaign to re-open their old cinema? The cinema closed down a few years ago and there is nowhere for people to go to see their favourite films. In a group, children use a large piece of paper to mind-map:
Leaflet: The Owl Bookshop is organising some special events for children during the holidays. It’s a great place to go because it has comfy chairs, it’s somewhere you can buy a drink and, best of all, play computer games with your friends.
Encourage the children to make a ‘zig-zag’ leaflet for the bookshop. Taking a sheet of A4 paper, fold it into three. This gives six column-shaped sections for copy.
Love your area: Help the class devise a questionnaire to find out what children and adults who live in your local area think about it. Based on the feedback from questionnaires, the children can work in groups to plan a short series of slides to promote the locality. The slides could feature headings from the questionnaires such as: shopping, leisure facilities, transport, community spirit and work opportunities.
Young campaigners raise awareness of the dangers of smoking.
Before watching: Ask the class to recap on everything they know about smoking to gauge prior knowledge.
Talk about the clip: Why do the children think these young people want to promote the campaign against smoking? Discuss what difference campaigning could make in persuading people to stop smoking. Do any of the class know someone who has stopped?
^ The children cut these strips out discuss them and in pairs, arrange them in order of importance. These can then be used as a basis for the other activities.
^ The children are trying to persuade someone to stop smoking. The idea is that when a cigarette is removed from its packet, each one has an anti-smoking message written on it. After discussion in pairs what messages would the children write on these?
‘^ The class works in small groups to design and make a poster. Give each group a large piece of paper on which to plan their poster. They need to decide: Who is their intended audience? What information do they want to get across? The poster needs to include a memorable slogan, tag line or question and a strong picture.
^ Children work in five groups to plan a one-minute TV advertisement which supports a complete ban on smoking. Each group comprises a producer/director, actors, scriptwriter/s and a camera operator. The advert needs to be carefully planned and scripted. Each group has a different message to ‘sell’.
Group 1) Passive smoking and how it affects people who don’t smoke – e.g. children.
Group 2) Ban smoking in busy areas where the stubs create a litter problem.
Group 3) Don’t smoke in cars (tobacco smoke contains over 4000 chemicals)
Group 4) Ban smoking in parks and playgrounds. In fact anywhere near children.
Each of these scenarios would be acted out by the children and filmed using a digital video camera.
The owners of a chicken, a terrapin and a hamster talk about the advantages and disadvantages of keeping these pets.
Before watching: In groups the children find out from each other:
Talk about the clip: Recap on the pets featured and show the clip again and ask the class to listen carefully for the advantages and disadvantages mentioned. In their groups let them discuss together the advantages and disadvantages associated with having chickens, terrapins and hamsters as pets and then complete the grid below (you may need to show the clip again).
Not ‘for’ pets letter: As a result of the recent trouble caused by the escape of Roger, the hamster from Class 5, the children have decided that animals should be banned completely from the classroom. The task is for children to write a persuasive letter to the headteacher which puts forward the arguments against keeping pets in class. To help them with their planning, the children could use points from the grid below by choosing some from each column and combining them using connectives. For example: ‘Learning to care for a pet is important although there might be health and safety concerns associated with pets such as hygiene and allergies’.
The children will also need to state the issue and its background, giving the facts as well as expressing their points of view and giving reasons to back these up.
^ Working individually or in pairs, children devise a list of points that they would use to persuade their parent/s or guardian that they really want a pet. They add these to the left-hand column and in the right-hand, predict the counter argument that the adult might put forward (such as cost, responsibility, smell, noise, food).
In pairs, the children can role play the meeting between a child who wants a pet and the parent who doesn’t. This can then be written as a piece of short dialogue, to illustrate increasing levels of persuasion and resistance.
Develop this by asking the children to imagine a future conversation between the adult and the child once the novelty of the pet has worn off. The adult is trying to persuade the unwilling child to, for example, clean out the cage or feed the cat. What kind of persuasion does the adult use? The children can improvise this scenario and write a reminder note from the adult to the child.