islPAL - International Society for Leadership in Pedagogy and Learning

Pedagogies and Learning


islPAL 2011 Workshop 1

Persuasive Text – A practical approach to modelling writing

Date: Saturday, 5 March 2011
Time: 9am to 1.30pm
Place: Stuartholme School, Birdwood Terrace, Toowong, Qld 4066.
Presenter: Dr Shirley O’Neill, University of Southern Queensland (See Bio)

Book early for this workshop – bookings close COB Friday 25 February 2011.

See separate Tax Invoice and booking form.

What you get

  • Hands on practical activities for classroom application.
  • Refreshments provided, 2 x 15 minutes breaks.
  • Take home resources for “do now” learning tasks.
  • Follow-through collaborative learning community support.
  • Certificate showing 4 hours professional development, identifying QCT standards.


$80 (discounts available for multiple bookings)


The workshop will begin with an overview of the difficulties associated with developing and assessing writing and the use of connectives to organise ideas. It will use a practical sentence-sequencing strategy as a springboard to move from a basic narrative to the development of a persuasive text and the use of persuasive devices.

Attendees will participate/interact in pairs or small groups. They will be directly involved in modelling processes and discussion to examine how this strategy can be applied to develop and improve students’ writing. The workshop will demonstrate how the strategy adapts to cater for different learner groups and how teachers can apply it over time to improve children’s writing.

Participants will be encouraged to think about how to assess this genre and the assessment issues involved. It will lead into the important role of cohesive devices and how the writer controls multiple threads and relationships as they construct the text. Strategies to develop and organize ideas and argument in the planning of the text structure will also be discussed.

The workshop acknowledges the move from writing a basic narrative to a persuasive text as the new writing task of Australia's NAPLAN national test of literacy for years 3, 5, 7 and 9 in 2011. It will conclude that teachers need to directly teach the different forms of writing and will consider the importance of investigating sample texts and teachers’ modelling of the text and scaffolding of the learning.

See a PowerPoint summary of this presentation here