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Arguing a point

Students present arguments orally and in writing.

Learning Outcomes | Teaching and Learning | Assessment and Evaluation | Printing Version

Writer Belinda Wallace
Year level 11
Who are my learners and what do they already know? See Planning using Inquiry
School curriculum outcomes How your school’s principles, values, or priorities will be developed through this unit

Learning Outcomes

 (What do my students need to learn)

Curriculum achievement objectives (AOs) for:  

Processes and strategies

Integrate sources of information, processes, and strategies purposefully and confidently to identify, form, and express increasingly sophisticated ideas:

  • creates a range of increasingly varied and complex texts by integrating sources of information and processing strategies
  • seeks feedback and makes changes to texts to improve clarity, meaning, and effect

Purposes and audiences

Show a developed understanding of how texts are shaped for different purposes and audiences.

  • recognises, understands, and considers how texts are constructed for a range of purposes, audiences, and situations


Select, develop, and communicate connected ideas on a range of topics.

  • ideas show an understanding and awareness of a range of dimensions or viewpoints.

Language features

Select and use a range of language features appropriately for a variety of effects.

  • uses a wide range of text conventions, including grammatical and spelling conventions, appropriately, effectively, and with accuracy.


Organise texts, using a range of appropriate, effective structures.

  • achieves a sense of coherence and wholeness when constructing texts
Achievement Standard(s) aligned to AO(s)

1.6 Construct and deliver an oral text

1.5 Produce formal writing

Teaching and Learning

 (What do I need to know and do?)

1-2 related professional readings or links to relevant research

Effective Practices in Teaching Writing in NZ Secondary Schools [available from February 2011]

Planning Using Inquiry

English Teaching and Learning Guide 

Assessment and Examination Rules and Procedures

Learning task 1
Learning task 2
Learning task 3
Learning task 4
Learning task 5
Learning task 6
Learning task 7
Learning task 8
Learning task 9

Assessment and Evaluation

 (What is the impact of my teaching and learning?)

Formative and/or Summative assessment task(s), including how will feedback be provided

1.6 Construct and deliver an oral text

1.5 Produce formal writing

Provision for identifying next learning steps for students who need:

  • further learning opportunities
  • increased challenge

This piece of writing should be an integrated part of the year’s writing programme. Refer to

English Teaching and Learning Guide 

Conditions of Assessment Guidelines for formal writing

Effective Practices in Teaching Writing in NZ Secondary Schools  

for more details.

Tools or ideas which, for example might be used to evaluate:

  • progress of the class and groups within it
  • student engagement

leading to :

  • changes to the sequence
  • addressing teacher learning needs
See:  Planning using Inquiry

Printing this unit:

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Published on: 13 Jan 2011