Read the article about Bob Geldof’s Band Aid 30 single release to help your students understand a non-fiction persuasive text.
- Ask students to comment on Bob Geldof’s language. How is he trying to build support for the cause?
- Compare the article with the first comment in the comment thread. Draw out the opposing arguments for and against supporting the charity single, and analyse the validity of these.
- Analyse the lyrics of the original version (and/or the 2014 version when released) and evaluate how these use language to persuade.
- Set a writing task or group project, where students select a band or singers, and pitch for their involvement in the project.