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The NAPLAN definition of persuasive writing is to persuade a reader to a point of view on an issue. It may express an opinion, discuss, analyse and evaluate an issue. It may also entertain and inform.

This exercise will mirror the NAPLAN experience.

As with the NAPLAN persuasive writing marking guide, the following text structure is required.

  • coherent, controlled and complete arguement
  • all components are well developed
    • introduction with clear position statement
    • body with reasons and detailed supporting evidence
    • conclusion that reinforces the writer's position

You can brush up on the genre using the NAPLAN 2012 writing fact sheet. The Queensland Studies Authority also has some useful teaching resources for preparation.

The students can choose one of the statements and write a response using the persuasive writing structure. Finding out the scientific facts will help to develop their argument.

The year level for each of the statements is a guide and students are free to choose from any of the statements.

There are no restrictions to the length of an entry for the competition, but around one A4 page with 1.5 line spacing would be ample.

The entries are to be uploaded on this site by attaching a document to the Persuasive Writing competition entry form. The deadline for entries is 5pm Monday 16 July.

If you have any queries please don't hesitate to contact us at info@greencrossaustralia.org


Choose a statement from below

Year 3 and 4

  • Everyone should have solar panels at home.
  • Cutting down trees should be banned to help reduce climate change.
  • Kids can help everyone save energy.

Year 5 and 6

  • We should only use products that are made locally to reduce the greenhouse gases produced.
  • Solving climate change will need science and technology.  

Year 7, 8 and 9

  • All school children should have to get public transport to travel to school.
  • People should have to pay for their pollution.
  • Australia should develop new and existing technologies to meet our energy needs as a priority.
  • Australia's population is set to increase from 22 million to 31-43 million by 2056.  We should all more than halve our carbon footprint to reduce our national contribution to climate change.

Start with deciding on your position.

Do you agree or disagree?

Then create an argument persuading the reader of your point of view.

Use evidence and facts to back up your ideas.

Tackle the TASK

1. Start with an introduction

2. Write your opinions on this topic and give reasons to explain your point of view

3. Finish with your conclusion to sum up and convince the reader


Enter your writing into the competition and be in the running for some great prizes.

The Competition
The competition

We asked Australian students to make a video or convince us in writing about their BIG ideas for a sustainable energy future.

Check out the fantastic videos we received, all about sustainable energy solutions!

For teachers

Explore the fascinating science edging us closer to low carbon living. This fun, flexible project includes easy-to-use ICT, oodles of resources and FREE lesson plans from CSIRO Education.

Links to Australian curriculum, plus NAPLAN rehearsal.

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