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Assessment Resource Centre (ARC)

  1. Years 7-8
  2. English
  3. Activities
  4. Persuasive letter
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Persuasive letter

Grade Work Samples
Midway through Stage 4 (end of Year 7) End of Stage 4 (end of Year 8)
Grade A Riley  
Grade B Mel   Shane   Courtney  
Grade C Tai   Jordan   Bailey   Frances  

Description of activity

Students compose a persuasive letter to a potential tourist to Australia on behalf of a tourist office.


Students have gained an understanding of the language forms, techniques and structures used in a range of persuasive texts, including letters. They have composed a range of persuasive texts for specific audiences and purposes. Students have researched Australian destinations and activities that would appeal to tourists.


A student:

1. responds to and composes texts for understanding, interpretation, critical analysis and pleasure
4. uses and describes language forms and features, and structures of texts appropriate to different purposes, audiences and contexts
5. makes informed language choices to shape meaning with accuracy, clarity and coherence
6. draws on experience, information and ideas to imaginatively and interpretively respond to and compose texts

Criteria for assessing learning

(These criteria would normally be communicated to students with the activity.)

Students will be assessed on their ability to:

  • demonstrate knowledge of the conventions of writing a persuasive letter
  • understand the relationship between audience, purpose, language choices and form
  • demonstrate understanding of the use of persuasive techniques
  • select and provide appropriate information about Australia.
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