Over the past few weeks, Year 5 have been using the app Epic Citadel as a stimulus for some amazing story writing. Read them here.
Today we looked at using the app to help with some non fiction writing. We looked at writing some persuasive leaflets to try and persuade people to visit Epic Citadel for their holiday.
First, we looked at an example and identified some features such as:
- Exaggerated adjectives.
- Dare to disagree openers – Obviously, Surely, Everyone knows that..
- Deliberate ambiguity – Perhaps, maybe, possibly
- Opinions backed up by facts
- Rhetorical questions.
We also discussed other persuasive techniques such as testimonials and using celebrities to help endorse their product.
I then gave the children some time to explore the app and consider how many different angles they could use to persuade others to book a holiday there. We established that holiday companies would need to try and cater for all different tastes and preferences.
I absolutely love this app, the ability to import pictures, video and audio adds an extra dimension to the children’s work and they can incorporate more skills into their books.
I was really impressed by how independent the children were and how creative they were being with the task. Some were not only using pictures from the Epic Citadel app but using google images to find other pictures. Others were using the app Funny Movie Maker to make celebrity testimonials. Others were even ageing themselves through fotobooth 10in1.
The efforts were really impressive and the children enjoyed using the iPads to create their leaflets. Please have a read of some of their efforts and let us know whether you have been persuaded to go to Epic Citadel for your holiday.