Recently in our Literacy classes, the Year 5s have been learning about persuasive techniques. People use these skills to persuade others in different situations, for example, from children persuading their parents in their home life, to candidates in a presidential campaign! We have had fun making persuasive posters, selling different products. We also created conversations to exchange items in shops.
We are now focusing on a very famous man and his very famous speech – Martin Luther King Junior. We spent a long time listening to his speech and looking for the persuasive techniques he used. We discussed and wrote down how we felt listening to this speech and the issues it brought up. We then thought about what we ‘have a dream’ about in terms of the world. We had some really great discussions about this! We have now began to write our own powerful ‘I have a dream..’ speeches, thinking about what is really important to us and what we might like to change about the world.