The aim of this task is to produce a rap song using language persuasively. Pupils will need to decide who they want to persuade about what topic and what is the best language for doing that. For example;
I am rapping to you on this sunny day
As there are several things I need to say
There are many things to change you see
To make this planet a great place to be
First, you must stop air pollution
All these fumes, you gotta find a solution!
The railways are a mess with lots of delays
And the traffic’s too fast on the motorways
You need to stop drugs and theft and other crime
I know you are busy but find the time!
With wars going on you’ve GOTTA find peace
Talk to the other leaders, at least
What is happening to the farmers’ land?
With growing demands, you gotta take a firm hand
Us citizen folk want a clean place to live
Safe and sound, that’s not much to give
Stop people being bad and treat races the same
All this fighting is such a great shame!
For sure, you have a lot to do
As the PM, I couldn’t be you
Please hear this rap to improve our state
Give peace a chance at any rate
I speak as one from a great population
Come on, sort out this nation!
This activity is drawn from Brilliant Activities for Persuasive Writing, which provides Key Stage 2 teachers with activities to help pupils focus on persuasive language. Activities range from writing advertisements and job descriptions to looking at two-sided written arguments and debates.
The book is divided into four sections, one for each year of Key Stage 2. Lesson plans are accompanied by photocopiable texts and worksheets. Most of the activities allow for differentiation by outcome and so may be used with the whole class. Extension activities are given to challenge the more able and follow-on activities enable teachers to extend the work further. All the activities are compatible with the National Literacy Strategy.