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Year 4 - Persuasive texts within a Space topic - Help!

Discussion in 'Primary' started by rdawson05, Apr 22, 2011.

  1. This next half term my school are working within a Space topic. I've had a few fairly poor Literacy observations recently (NQT) and as a result have started to work myself up about my next observation.
    We will be working on the Persuasive texts unit. The week before we start the unit we are going to the IMAX in Bradford to watch the Space Station film in 3D, so I thought in the first week we could perhaps work toward writing a letter to either a pen pal persuading them to go watch the film, or a Headteacher at another school persuading them to let the school/classes go watch the film and the reasons why.
    I've got four lessons to do this in, as I have NQT time on a Monday and the cover focuses on spelling, grammar and punctuation etc. I thought about focusing on powerful adjectives for the observed lesson (Wednesday) or looking at emotive language in general? Or, should I maybe look at doing something completely different within the unit?
    Any help/guidance would be greatly appreciated.
    Cheers and Happy Easter :)
  2. marlin

    marlin Star commenter

    What about considering space tourism:
    There are some interesting videos and pictures you could use on the virgin website.
    Children could make posters promoting space holidays.
    Children could write a letter against the idea of space tourism.
    Have a debate - should we spend money researching the possibility of inhabiting a new planet.
    This Daily Mail article might be of interest:
    There is an interesting report on this school's page about what a year 5 class did on the subject of inhabiting a new planet:
    Hope this helps.
    Happy Easter to you![​IMG]

  3. marlin

    marlin Star commenter

    Just found some more interesting resources:
    CBBC Newsround - debating space exploration:
    CBBC Newsround - What do you think of space travel - chat?
    Idea from this could be - Write a letter applying to join astronauts on a space mission.
    More about Virgin space travel on the newsround site:
    More money promised for space missions article from newsround - may be useful to go with work on should we be spending money on space exploration:

  4. Wow! Fantastic ideas!
    I really can't tell you how much I appreciate this.
    Thank you.
  5. marlin

    marlin Star commenter

    You're very welcome. Glad to be of help [​IMG]

  6. jog_on

    jog_on New commenter

    How are you getting on with planning this? If you want anyone to look through your lesson plan, please just ask and I'm sure there will be lots of us willing (me included).
  7. I haven't got round to planning it yet, bit of a hectic week! Lots of ideas, it's just a case of condensing one of the ideas into four days and deciding what to focus on for the observation.
    I really can't believe how helpful people are on here! :) Cheers!
  8. how about
    " should billions of pounds be spent on space travel / research when there are millions dying of starvation"
    write a persuasive argument for both sides!
  9. clear_air

    clear_air New commenter

    \Oooooh, you pipped me to the post! I was thinking along the same lines - should we be exploring space/looking for a new home given the environmental problems here on Earth...?
  10. Thank you also, harchie and NGedge!
    These fit in nicely with some of Marlin's ideas!
    Hope you all had a fantastic Easter. :)
  11. marlin

    marlin Star commenter

    Do let us know how you get on. Good luck with the observation [​IMG]


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