This interesting and engaging lesson enables students to know what agony aunt/uncle advice pages are and why people read them, understand the features that make effective agony aunt/uncle pages, before writing their own interesting and appropriate agony pages. In particular, students learn how to write to advise, including using facts and opinions for authority, rhetorical questions to make the reader think, and personal pronouns to keep the reader feeling involved.
Over the course of their learning journey, students:
- Define and exemplify what agony aunt/uncle advice pages are;
- Understand why people read them;
- Understand and categorise the different techniques used by columnists;
- Identify the features of agony aunt/uncle pages in model examples;
- Analyse the effect of techniques in these pages upon the reader;
- Use a wide-range of techniques in writing their own problem pages;
- Peer and self assess each other's attempts.
The resources include:
-Visually engaging whole-lesson PowerPoint;
-A colourful and clear success criteria;
-Blank problem page template;
-A model example (Dear Debbie);
-Helpful and comprehensive step-by-step lesson plan.
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