Oz-e-English: Writing (Language)

Unit 2: Persuasive – Year 5
Oz-e-English: Writing (Language) Year 5 is an English unit for Year 5 students. It aligns to the Australian Curriculum: Language Content Strands:
Text structure and organisation:
  • Understand how texts vary in purpose, structure and topic, as well as the degree of formality (ACELA1504).  
  • Understand how the grammatical category of possessives is signalled through apostrophes and how to use apostrophes with common and proper nouns (ACELA1506).  
Expressing and developing ideas:
  • Understand the difference between main and subordinate clauses and that a complex sentence involves at least one subordinate clause (ACELA1507).
  • Understand how noun groups/phrases and adjective groups/phrases can be expanded in a variety of ways to provide a fuller description of the person, place, thing or idea (ACELA1508).
  • Understand the use of vocabulary to express greater precision of meaning, and know that words can have different meanings in different contexts (ACELA1512).
  • Note: Information on this page is subject to change as this program is currently being updated to align with version 9.0 of the Australian Curriculum. GGSA will release an updated version in early 2023. 

Learning objectives

In Lessons 1 to 10, students learn to:  
  1. Write, edit and improve sentences that introduce a persuasive text. 
  2. Write, edit and improve opinion statements that are in support of an argument.  
  3. Write, edit and improve opinion statements that are against an argument. 
  4. Write, edit and improve complex sentences that provide reasons for an opinion (text connectives).  
  5. Write, edit and improve complex sentences that provide reasons against an opinion (text connectives).  
  6. Write, edit and improve a supporting argument using the persuasive-evidence technique. 
  7. Write, edit and improve a supporting argument using the analogy technique. 
  8. Write, edit and improve supporting arguments using the cause-and-effect technique. 
  9. Write, edit and improve rhetorical questions that include metaphors. 


Teaching Resources  
  • Lessons
  • Teaching Guide

Success criteria

  • Use language features to show how ideas can be extended.  
  • Develop and explain a point of view about a text, selecting information, ideas and images from a range of resources. 
  • Create imaginative, informative and persuasive texts for different purposes and audiences.  
  • Make presentations that include multimodal elements for defined purposes.  
  • Contribute actively to class and group discussions, taking into account other perspectives.  
  • Demonstrate understanding of grammar using a variety of sentence types when writing.  
  • Select specific vocabulary and use accurate spelling and punctuation.  
  • Edit their work for cohesive structure and meaning. 


Progress test
  • Progress tests are conducted after Lesson 5. They allow teachers to monitor student understanding of the concepts taught over the past five lessons and to identify where reteaching is needed.
  • The Teaching Guide contains the progress test script and there is a handout for students to write their answers on.  
End-of-Unit assessment
  • Week 10 is the end-of-unit assessment, which has the same variety of question formats as the progress tests (e.g., multiple choice, filling in blanks/punctuation, editing, constructing, and improving sentences) to assess student mastery of sentence level writing development from the unit.  

  • The Teaching Guide contains the testing questions and the end-of-unit assessment handout for students to write their answers on. 

Lesson objective

Success criteria

I do

We do

You do

Edit: peer feedback

Effective feedback


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