Teaching Persuasive Writing Aim of this session: To learn how to use persuasive writing techniques in your exam
Guilt: persuade a group of teenagers to give money to charity ‘10 children in Africa willdie this month if you don’tcontribute £1 to Oxfam.’
Rhetorical Question: persuade a group ofstudents not to drop litterHow would you feel if you knew your grandchildren might be brought up in an society that is polluted because of your ignorance?
Imagery: persuading the local council to help ease congestion in the city.Picture the calm streets and the clean smell in the air. The roads are no longer cluttered with cars and motorbikes; you are free to walk and enjoy the natural environment.
Personal Pronouns: persuade year 11 to eat more healthily at lunchtimesTogether WE can all motivate each other to prevent heart disease.
Emotive Language: persuade a member of your family/someone you know to quit smoking76 year old Betty’s health has deteriorated rapidly. Years of smoking and ignoring friends’ advice has left her gasping for breath, unable to walk up the stairs. Her grandchildren cry because they can do nothing to help her.
Repeat your point persuade your constituency to vote for you as PMThe most crucial thing that could change our world is “education, education, education.”
Stress that point!• When writing to persuade you need to really STRESS your point. You can do this by underlining words, using capital letters or by using bold writing. For example, Stop smoking NOW!
Use the rule of 3: persuade Year 11 to take AS level HistoryUse three hard-hitting words to emphasise your point.For example: ‘In AS level History you will learn how to be analytical, evaluative and critical. These are all skills that can be applied across the curriculum, and that many universities will be looking for.’
Provocative Language: create aposter which would persuade young men to sign up to join the armed forces on the outbreak of WWIIIt is your duty to serve your country and ensure victory for all!
Statistics : Persuade someone to stay on at school and complete a.levelsYou can make these up!!82% of teenagers that leave school at 16, earn the minimum wage for the next 20 years of their lives.
Remember to ‘Go through A FOREST’ – Eachletter should remind you of a different convention.• Alliteration and appeal to reader directly• F acts, first person• O pinions, opposition needs to be criticised• R hetorical question, repetition, reasons, reader’s guilt/sympathy• E motive language• S tatistics, strong voice, shock, sarcasm, short sentences• T hree, threaten action
Writing Structure Language FeaturesStyle • present tense • opening • first person statement • logical connectives • series of (therefore, because) points + • addresses the reader Persuasive elaboration/e • emotive language (adjectives) vidence • rhetorical questions • summary and • repetition restatement • short, dramatic sentences of opinion for impact • similes and metaphors
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