Esther, a homeless woman, is searching through a junkyard. She passes by objects of possible use and worth in favour of things broken or old, until she finds just the right treasure.
Watch the video below about Ester.
Monday 1st June - What makes a letter?
Look at both of these letters and write a check list for the features of a letter. Here are a few examples to help you get started: The senders address is on the right. There is a greeting to the recipient. There is an introduction.
You can check your feature list with the one below to see if you have everything.
Tuesday 2nd June - Mind Map!
Esther receives a letter from the town council. The letter explains that the junkyard is going to be cleared to make way for a new housing development and that all of the residents need to leave.
Think of arguments: for and against closing the junkyard. What arguments could you give to the mayor to try to persuade him? Think of strong arguments for each side.
Create a mind-map with different ideas for arguments for and against getting rid of the junkyard.
Use the sheet below for ideas if you get stuck.
Wednesday 3rd June - Sentence types!
Thursday 4th June – Plan your letter!
Reread the letter from the town council. How can we try to change their mind?
We are going to write a persuasive letter to the mayor to try to change his mind about closing the junkyard.
You can use the writing frame below to plan your letter. You should refer back to the arguments that you created in the previous lesson. You should highlight why the junkyard is so important.
When writing the letter make sure that you focus on staying in character of Esther and state why you think the junkyard should be saved and what might happen you and others that may live there if you are all are forced to leave.
Friday 5th June – Go for it!
Reread the letters of persuasion and read through your persuasive letter checklist. Then read through your persuasive planning sheet. Now you are ready to put all your hard work together and write your ultimate letter of persuasion. Don’t forget to read through what you write to make sure that it makes sense. You can use the word-banks included in the previous lessons if you get stuck. You can use your checklist to ensure that you include everything in your letter. Take care and take your time and make it powerful! Esther is counting on you!