On completion of this unit the student should be
able to identify and analyse how language is
used in a persuasive text and to present a
reasoned point of view in an oral or a written
A persuasive oral on an issue selected by the
student. 5 – 8 minutes
Written anaylsis 600 – 700 words on written or
visual texts on a issue selected by the teacher.
What is an Issue?
An issue is an important topic causing disagreement and debate. Daily
newspapers are full of issues that face our society, including climate
change, drug addiction, sexism, health care, crime, asylum seekers,
gambling and racism.
There is often disagreement over how we should address important
issues. Possible solutions to these issues are discussed and debated in the
news media. Newspapers, television and blogs all feature arguments
from different perspectives.
People contribute to the debate and discussion, too - writing letters,
commenting on articles, calling talkback radio, tweeting and
emailing.This debate and discussion also informs how politicians respond
to the issue and, ultimately, the types of policies they create to deal with
“AN ISSUE IS AN IMPORTANT TOPIC THAT CAUSES
DISAGREEMENT AND DEBATE.”
What are some issues?
Look through the selection of newspapers and write down some issues
that are covered. Look particularly at the Editorial, Letters to the Editor,
Political cartoon, Comment and Opinion pieces.
Make a list of 10 issues. Select an issue. Make sure it is something you
feel strongly about.
What makes a good talk?
Watch the Ted talks on the Weebly
What devices do these use?
Now explain to the person beside you what you
felt made these talks effective. Record your brief
report. Listen back to yourself. What did you
notice about the way you speak.
A persuasive oral of 4 – 6 minutes on an issue
selected by you.
You may work with a partner or by yourself. You
will be marked seperately.
Your purpose is to persuade the audience to your
point of view.
Have a clear contention/argument
Have an interesting beginning
Use emotive language. Appeal to emotions in
Do some research. Gather evidence.
Refute at least 2 arguments some one would
argue on the opposite side of the issue
You may use a powerpoint to support your talk or
props BUT only images and a couple of dot
points are permitted on each slide.
No A4 pieces of paper. You may learn your
speech off by heart or use palm cards.
Audience – a small group or in front of class.