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Assessment task 2: Writing a persuasive text –
‘Save the environment’ (summative)

Blank notebook page on green background with heading Save Macquarie Island

Above: Illustration by Jan Gillbank

This summative assessment task allows students to use what they have learnt about persuasive writing in their own persuasive text. It allows you to see how the students transfer their knowledge and understandings by writing to convince readers to save a natural environment or built structure that they are passionate about. Use the Assessment task 2 rubric to assist with marking.

Teacher background

In Sequences 8, 9 and 10 the students were involved in modelled, shared and interactive writing of persuasive texts. They have identified the language features and literary devices of a persuasive text and have looked closely at the organisational framework. In Sequence 11 they were asked to choose a local environment or built structure and to research relevant information in order to write a persuasive text, convincing readers to save this environment or structure.

Assessment instructions

The students are to choose a local area or built structure and write a persuasive text to convince readers to save it. They may choose an Australian environment beyond the local area. They will be provided with class time for research and to plan, draft and edit their work. They will also receive a Cycle chart worksheet to assist in planning their writing. They should also be given a copy of the Assessment task 2 rubric which shows the criteria that will be used to assess their writing.