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Persuasive letter

Y6 - Persuasive Letter


National curriculum content

  • Identifying the audience for and purpose of the writing, selecting the appropriate form and using other similar writing as models for their own.
  • Noting and developing initial ideas, drawing on reading and research where necessary.
  • Selecting appropriate grammar and vocabulary, understanding how such choices can change and enhance meaning.
  • Using a wide range of devices to build cohesion within and across paragraphs.
  • Using further organisational and presentational devices to structure text and to guide the reader.
  • Proposing changes to vocabulary, grammar and punctuation to enhance effects and clarify meaning.
  • Ensuring the consistent and correct use of tense throughout a piece of writing.
  • Ensuring correct subject and verb agreement when using singular and plural, distinguishing between the language of speech and writing and choosing the appropriate register.
  • Proof-read for spelling and punctuation errors.


Lesson objectives

  • To read and internalise the model text
  • To identify and define new vocabulary
  • To understand the structure of a suspense tale
  • To explore and use ‘empty words’ in sentences
  • To explore and use ‘show not tell’ to create suspense
  • To contribute to a shared write
  • To innovate the model text with own ideas
  • To write independently using the skills taught


What we want children to know and the skills necessary to achieve them:

  • How to write for a range of purposes and audiences
  • How to create cohesion within and between paragraphs
  • How to organise and present a persuasive letter
  • Proofread and check for errors
  • Edit and assess the effectiveness of own writing
  • Plan their own composition
  • Appropriate structure
  • Imperative verb starters
  • Convert nouns  and adjectives into verbs using suffixes
  • Parenthesis
  • Secure use of linking ideas within and across paragraphs
  • Secure use of subordination (complex sentences)
  • Active and passive verbs for effect
  • Developed use of rhetorical questions for persuasion
  • Hyphens to avoid ambiguity



Unfamiliar, text-specific words highlighted by the children (never heard the word); direct speech; parenthesis; hyphens; verb tense; adverbials; cohesion; commas; subordinate conjunction; coordinating conjunction; modal verbs; modal adverbs; relative clauses; commas; brackets; dashes; imperative verbs; nouns/adjectives/verbs; suffixes; homonyms; synonyms; antonyms.