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Writing an article lesson plan

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KS3 Bitesize


All students will be guided in structuring their ideas and have practise of prioritising them. Most will be able to use this as a model for structuring future articles. Some will be able to evaluate why certain openings and closings are more successful than others.

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National Curriculum

  • En3: 1g, 1i, 1k, 2a, 2c, 7a


  • OHP of sentences in the passive and active voice

Teaching activities


Remind students about the passive voice. Show them some examples of sentences on an OHP which they either have to change into passive, or to the active voice. Ask students in which contexts they are most likely to use the passive.


  1. Brainstorm on the board reasons why healthy eating is important. Ask students to choose the three most compelling reasons on the board and write them down.
  2. Ask students in pairs or individually to think of five ways in which the school could encourage students to eat more healthily.
  3. Class feedback. Ask students to prioritise their points in order of importance.
  4. Ask students to think of a counter-argument to one of their points, and then in turn, an argument against the counter-argument.
  5. Ask students what the benefits to the school as a whole would be if they were to encourage healthy eating. Students should jot down notes under the title ‘benefits to the school'.
  6. Tell students that they have now planned their article. The compelling reasons will form their opening, the ways to encourage students the main body of the article, and the benefits to the school the end. Ask students to compose an eye-catching title and an appealing first sentence which might involve the reader of the school magazine.


Hear suggestions and evaluate which ones are the most successful.


  • Students write an article for the school magazine arguing that the school should do more to encourage healthy eating, using the passive voice at least three times

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