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The Great Kapok Tree: Persuasive Writing

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SKU E4CS90560
Writing to Persuade Key Stage 2 Reading – comprehension Writing – composition English Year 4

The Great Kapok Tree planning pack – a series of five ready-to-teach English lessons for Year 4, using Lynne Cherry’s book as the basis for exploring the genre of persuasive letter writing with your KS2 class.

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#TheCompleteSeries5lessons

Children will first become familiar with The Great Kapok Tree, and discuss the important message that the author is promoting through the story. They will then look at examples of different persuasive writing features before gathering information and creating their own ideas to use in a letter, in which they try to persuade a logging company to stop cutting down the rainforest.

Each of The Great Kapok Tree lesson plans in this persuasive letter writing KS2 English pack includes an easy-to-follow plan, an engaging and informative slide show for the teaching input, and a range of differentiated worksheets and activity ideas - an entire week of lessons all prepared for you!

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#Lesson1BecomingFamiliarwiththeText

In this first The Great Kapok Tree lesson plan, your KS2 children will read and discuss the book as a class, becoming familiar with the setting, characters and events.

Using The Great Kapok Tree activities provided in the lesson pack, your class will demonstrate their understanding of the text by answering a range of differentiated reading comprehension questions. In the alternative activity, children are challenged to retell the story as a role-play, either in groups or as a whole class.

A detailed plan, engaging slide show and differentiated worksheets are all included with this The Great Kapok Tree lesson plan - everything you need for an easy-to-teach, fun lesson!

What's included:

  • Lesson plan
  • Slides
  • Activity ideas
  • Differentiated worksheets
  • Role-play Cards
#Lesson2Features

In this Features of Persuasive Writing KS2 lesson, your class will first focus on the letter that the author wrote to the reader at the end of The Great Kapok Tree, and discuss her reasons for doing so.

As a class, children will then explore some of the features of persuasive writing, looking at and discussing various examples. In their independent activities, they will read and sort different sentences according to the persuasive feature/s they use.

An easy-to-follow plan, informative slide show and differentiated resources are all included in this Features of Persuasive Writing KS2 lesson pack!

What's included:

  • Lesson plan
  • Slides
  • Activity ideas
  • Differentiated worksheets
  • Feature Strips
  • Definition Cards
  • Feature Cards
#Lesson3GatheringInformationandIdeas

Your Year 4 class will begin by recapping on the nine persuasive features of writing that they looked at in the previous lesson on The Great Kapok Tree, and complete an activity which asks them to think about the importance and effectiveness of each feature.

In their independent activities, children will then begin to gather information and ideas for each different persuasive feature, with the aim of using them in a letter to a logging company which asks them to stop cutting down trees in the rainforests.

This Year 4 Persuasive Writing planning pack contains everything you need for a successful KS2 English lesson - a detailed plan, an engaging set of slides for the teaching input, and differentiated worksheets and activity ideas to suit a range of learners in your class.

What's included:

  • Lesson plan
  • Slides
  • Activity ideas
  • Persuasive Writing Feature Cards
  • Diamond Sheet
  • Ideas Sheet
  • Fact Sheet
  • Persuasive Features Help Sheet
  • Group Ideas Sheets
#Lesson4StructuringandDraftingaLetter

In this Writing a Persuasive Letter KS2 lesson, your Year 4 class will being by recapping and discussing some of the issues that are caused by logging companies, as revealed in The Great Kapok Tree.

They will then explore how to structure their persuasive letter, and what each section should include. In their independent activities, children will draft their letter, using the information and ideas they gathered in the previous lesson.

Use this Writing a Persuasive Letter KS2 lesson to encourage your class to apply their knowledge and understanding of persuasion! Everything you need to teach a successful lesson is included - a detailed plan, an engaging slide show, as well as differentiated worksheets.

What's included:

  • Lesson plan
  • Slides
  • Activity ideas
  • Fact Sheet
  • Letter Structure Cards
  • Draft Letter Templates
#Lesson5EditingandImproving

Use this Edit and Improve Writing KS2 lesson to teach your class how to assess their persuasive letters to a logging company, inspired by The Great Kapok Tree.

As a class, children will first look at and discuss how each section of a given persuasive letter has been improved. They will then assess and edit their draft letters from the previous lesson by using given statements or questions as a basis for their improvements, before writing their final version of the letter.

Included with this Edit and Improve Writing KS2 lesson pack is a detailed plan, an informative slide show for the teaching input, as well as differentiated worksheets.

What's included:

  • Lesson plan
  • Slides
  • Activity ideas
  • Assess & Edit Sheets
  • Question Cards
  • Peer Assessment Cards
  • Final Letter Template
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Curriculum Objectives covered

Reading - Comprehension Objectives:

  • listening to and discussing a wide range of fiction, poetry, plays, non-fiction and reference books or textbooks
  • increasing their familiarity with a wide range of books, including fairy stories, myths and legends, and retelling some of these orally
  • identifying themes and conventions in a wide range of books
  • discussing words and phrases that capture the reader’s interest and imagination
  • asking questions to improve their understanding of a text
  • drawing inferences such as inferring characters’ feelings, thoughts and motives from their actions, and justifying inferences with evidence
  • participate in discussion about both books that are read to them and those they can read for themselves, taking turns and listening to what others say

Writing - Composition Objectives:

  • discussing writing similar to that which they are planning to write in order to understand and learn from its structure, vocabulary and grammar
  • discussing and recording ideas
  • composing and rehearsing sentences orally (including dialogue), progressively building a varied and rich vocabulary and an increasing range of sentence structures (English Appendix 2)
  • organising paragraphs around a theme
  • assessing the effectiveness of their own and others’ writing and suggesting improvements

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