Category Archives: NAPLAN

Persuasive Writing Resources – NAPLAN

NAPLAN Resources for 2011
NAPLAN consists of four tests in the domains of Reading, Writing, Language Conventions (Spelling, Grammar and Punctuation) and Numeracy.
The 2011 dates for implementation of the tests in 2011 are:  
  • Tuesday May 10th,
  • Wednesday 11th; and
  • Thursday 12th. 

NAPLAN Writing Task 2011

All Australian Education Ministers agreed to a change in the NAPLAN writing task from the narrative to the persuasive at a Ministerial Council for Education, Early Childhood Development and Youth Affairs (MCEECDYA) meeting held on April 15, 2010. The change has come about for two reasons. First, persuasive writing and other non-narrative forms are used across all curriculum areas as students progress through school. Second, the change of genre means that children will not be able to prepare a story beforehand. 

This page, with thanks to the Central Queensland Region, contains resources to assist teachers prepare for the implementation of 2011 NAPLAN.  It is an excellent resource that I know that I will be visiting leading up to the testing in May! 😉



Another excellent resource for NAPLAN 2011 is the Persuasive Writing Marking Guide produced by ACARA.  With the criteria and annotated samples, it is definitely worth a look!


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).  

Using Animation to Engage Students in Narratives

Leading up to NAPLAN testing, the narrative genre becomes a major focus – for obvious reasons!  To try and reach all students, this slideshow (made by Craig Snudden of NSW) can assist the teacher to engage even the most reluctant of writers by providing the links to many resources for using animation to engage students in narratives.

Perhaps one of the most valuable links within the slideshow is   The Teach Animation site is organised around three major themes:  projects, processes and pedagogies. As if these three areas of the site are not enough, the site also includes a links page that has an extremely comprehensive list of resources.

NAPLAN Preparation

In 2008, the National Assessment Program – Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) commenced in Australian schools. The program continues in 2010 with all students in Years 3, 5, 7 and 9 being assessed using national tests in Reading, Writing, Language Conventions (Spelling, Grammar and Punctuation) and Numeracy.

The following presentation compiles the resources that can be found online to support this testing. 

NAPLAN Resources – March 2010

* Please note that only QLD state school educators with a Learning Place username and password will be able to access some of these resources.