Write your own persuasive text to respect to the question – Should animals be kept in zoos?
Here are a list of possible arguments. Copy and paste them into a Pages document. Arrange them into FOR and AGAINST columns. Which ones will you use to help support your opinion. Remember you are trying to persuade the reader to form the same opinion as you. You are to convince the reader to agree with you.
Write your own persuasive text to answer this question about zoo animals.
Introduction (state your opinion clearly at the beginning)
Reasons – give at least 3 reasons and examples
Conclusion (summarise all of your reasons here)
Ideas for Persuasive Essays
9. Girls should be allowed to play on boys’ sports teams.
10. Television is a bad influence.
Discussion Writing – Links to Breaking News…
The news today (Monday 31st March) has sparked discussion for footy families around the country with the AFL’s proposal for UNDER 10 leagues to be forced to play with no scoreboard, ladders or match results. They say they aim to promote participation rather than competition. Click on the HERALD SUN IMAGE to be transferred to today’s article online.
Now plan and compose your discussion piece…
SHOULD WINNING AND LOSING BE PART OF JUNIOR FOOTY?
See the English/Grammar page for your task this week
The various verb tenses allow a speaker or writer to be very specific, not just about when an action occurs, but about whether that action occurs regularly, comes before another action, just keeps going on, or happens once and not again. Verb tenses allow verbs to be very powerful. But even when students need to know and understand the verb tenses list, it still takes practice using verb tenses exercises before the correct formation and use of these tenses comes naturally to students. Try making your own list of past, present, and future verbs to help learn the verb tenses!
This verb tenses list summarizes all the tenses for regular verbs:
- Past Tense
- Simple (merely happened at some indefinite time in the past) – I talked.
- Perfect (action that started and finished in the past) – I had talked.
- Progressive (ongoing action that happened sometime in the past) – I was talking.
- Perfect Progressive (ongoing action that started, continued, and finally stopped in the past) – I had been talking.
- Present Tense
- Simple (considered to be happening right now, or which happens regularly) – I talk.
- Perfect (a finished action, viewed from right now) – I have talked.
- Progressive (action continuing at this moment, or which starts and goes on for a while, on a regular basis) – I am talking.
- Perfect Progressive (ongoing action that has recently finished) – I have been talking.
- Future Tense
- Simple (will happen in the future) – I will talk.
- Perfect (will start and finish in the future, before a second action takes place) – I will have talked.
- Progressive (will start and continue in the future) – I will be talking.
- Perfect Progressive (will start and continue in the future, before a specific time) – I will have been talking.
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PURPOSE: A discussion presents differing opinions, view points or perspectives on an issue, enabling the reader to explore different ideas before making an informed decision.
- A statement of position supplying necessary background information. This introduction recognises that there are two points of view.
- Arguments for and supporting evidence. This may include researching, surveying or interviewing people.
- Arguments against and supporting evidence.
- A recommendation or conclusion. This final paragraph sums up both sides of the argument.
Connectives (linking words) firstly, on the other hand, consequently, however, although, nevertheless, despite, since, therefore, indeed, meanwhile, as a result, in addition, it would seem, even though, moreover, instead, whereas,
Sensing Verbs (used to express opinions) believe, hope, know, trust protect, argue, consider, judging, confirm, fear, feeling, reassurance, sense, feel,
Noun groups, member of the family, owners of the local shops, staff at a nearby primary school
Modality (the degree of certainty) possibly, may, might, definitely
Biography – Recount Text Type
A biography is a…add definition here……..
An information report is a factual text, which means it provides information about something. An information report is used as a way to gain a better understanding about a living or non-living subject. An information report:
- uses facts to explain something
- gives details about a topic
- does not contain personal views
- is usually written, but can also be presented orally (spoken).
Formal written information reports usually follow a very specific structure. The first part of an information report is the title, or heading, of the report. This will tell the reader what topic is covered in the report.
The first introductory paragraph, known as the classification, explains the aspects of the topic that will be covered in the report.
The following information is contained in the body paragraphs. This is where the topic of the report is covered in more detail. These paragraphs use factual information to give the reader a better understanding of the topic. Often, these paragraphs are broken up by sub-headings to help organise the information.
The conclusion of an information report gives any final details or facts about the topic. It may also be used to review what the report was about.
Visual elements are important because they help the reader to understand the topic better. Visual elements can include drawings, photographs, graphs, maps or diagrams.
A glossary is often put at the end of an information report. A glossary is a list of technical words used in the report and their definitions.
The bibliography is a list of resources like books, magazines and websites, which were used to help write the information report.
- Present tense verbs
- Adverbial phrases
Some examples include
Creating an information report
The first step in preparing an information report is to choose the topic of the report. Then you will need to research the topic. Textbooks, websites, an encyclopaedia and other information reports are good places to gather information. You might also want to look for pictures and diagrams to use in your report.
Once you have the information, you will need to organise it into the structure of an information report. It is also important to make a list of any important words to use in the glossary. Information reports are generally written in the present tense.
When you have finished writing the report, read it again to make sure that ituses facts, gives details, and does not contain personal views. Always check your text for correct spelling, grammar and punctuation.
The content in this page can be located in more detail on the SKWIRK websitealong with details of the other five text types in writing. The image is from the ‘Writing Fun’ website.