Persuasive Texts – NAPLAN

The following list is provided with great thanks to all the teachers in the Oz Teachers Network who contributed  …. and to Barbara for compiling it from all the emails! 🙂  Thanks again all involved!


  • Persuade the principal that a dragon/dinosaur that has taken up  residence in the playground should stay.
  • Zoos are good/bad for the preservation of animal species
  • Persuade us that recess should be longer
  • Benefits of homework
  • How important is the education?
  • We must protect the ozone layer
  • Why should we recycle?
  • 200+ Persuasive Speech Ideas


  • Robert N. Munsch, Stephanie’s Ponytail
  • Margie Palatini, The Perfect Pet         
  • Joan W. Blos, Old Henry      
  • Steven Kellogg, Can I Keep Him?

  • Shari Graydon, Made You Look: How Advertising Works and Why You Should Know
  • Chris Van Allsburg, The Polar Express       
  • Jon Scieszka, The True Story of the Three Little Pigs         
  • Beverly Cleary, Emily’s Runaway Imagination
  • Gretchen Bernabei, Why We Must Run With Scissors 
  • Karen Kaufman Orloff, I Wanna Iguana  
  • E. B. White, Charlotte’s Web         
  • Patricia Polacco, The Bee Tree    
  • Dr Seuss, Green Eggs and Ham
  • Judith Viorst, Earrings!
  • Mark Teague, Dear Mrs. LaRue : letters from obedience school         
  • Phillip M. Hoose, Hey little ant
  • Lane Smith, It’s a book (subtle persuasion?)
  • Dr Alvin Granowsky, set of books called ‘Another Point of View‘ (1996) based on folk tales like Henny Penny and the Three Billy Goats Gruff – original stories retold plus a version offering a different point of view.
  • Anthony Browne, Zoo – text tells one story but pictures differ
  • Anthony Browne, Voices in the Park – story told from 4 points of view
  • Wordless picture books such as Popov ‘Why‘ – shows escalation in confrontation, students can put own words to each of protagonists point of  view
  • Nick Bland, ‘The Wrong Book
  • Marcia Vaughan, ‘Wombat Stew
  • Lauren Child, ‘I will never, ever eat a tomato
  • Mo Willems, Don’t let pigeon stay up late, Don’t let pigeon drive the bus, Pigeon wants a puppy
  • Bronwyn Bancroft, ‘Why I love Australia‘- children provide their own opinions based on discussing Bancroft’s evocative text and illustrations
  • Doreen Cronin, Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type. Cows find an old typewriter in the barn and proceed to write letters to Farmer Brown, listing various demands. Activities –
  • Doreen Cronin, Giggle, Giggle, Quack. Very funny – about negotiation and power.
  • Graeme Base – Uno’s Garden – activities at
  • Kim Michelle Toft – The world that we want – activities at



  • Can I change your mind? : the craft and art of persuasive writing Lindsay Camp Camp, Lindsay 2007 We all need the ability to argue a case effectively in writing. Drawing on his long experience as a leading copywriter, Lindsay Camp shows how it’s done-whether the end product is a glossy magazine ad, a new business proposal, a page for the company website, or just a hasty e-mail to your boss. persuasive writing, persuasive text.
  • There is a chapter in All You Need to Teach Information Literacy Book 3 (Braxton, 2009) called The Art of Persuasion that includes blackline masters for sorting ideas.  Also ‘Try Me, Buy Me’ in Book 2 (focuses on advertising).  

Posted on 04/01/11, in Literacy, NAPLAN. Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. Also try reading the book…. Hey Little Ant by Phillip Hoose.. Great for persuasive text.

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