Argue and Persuade

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Argue and Persuade

  1. 1. Year 11 GCSE Revision Learning Objective: to understand what is required when writing to argue/persuade/advise Why are we doing this? For Section B of your English Paper 1 Exam – 45mins
  2. 2. What is the examiner looking for? <ul><li>A brief summary </li></ul><ul><li>That you can: </li></ul><ul><li>communicate and express your ideas clearly in writing </li></ul><ul><li>Organise your ideas into sentences and paragraphs </li></ul><ul><li>Punctuate accurately with commas, full stops etc. </li></ul><ul><li>Spell words correctly </li></ul><ul><li>Use a wide vocabulary </li></ul><ul><li>Write with a particular purpose and audience in mind </li></ul>
  3. 3. What does ‘Writing to Argue’ mean? <ul><li>Arguing involves expressing a point of view as clearly and effectively as possible. </li></ul><ul><li>You must: </li></ul><ul><li>Express a point of view </li></ul><ul><li>Be aware that someone else has a different point of view </li></ul><ul><li>Try to achieve a balanced argument. Don’t just put forward your view </li></ul>
  4. 4. An example: 96 Oak Close Southampton Daily News Main Street Southampton Dear Editor I read with horror yesterday your article on banning ball games in Wentworth Park. I believe this campaign against ball games is totally wrong. Some people may argue that ball games are dangerous, but with rising obesity levels amongst young people, I believe we should encourage people to play more sport.
  5. 5. What about ‘Writing to Persuade’? <ul><li>Persuading involves getting your readers to agree with a point of view or making them feel a certain way. </li></ul><ul><li>You must: </li></ul><ul><li>Try to make someone do something they might not want to </li></ul><ul><li>Understand why they might not want to do this </li></ul><ul><li>Use different techniques to try to persuade them </li></ul>
  6. 6. An example Scrappy and Pip were starving when we found them; they’d been wandering the streets for weeks surviving anyway they could. They ate out of bins, drank water from the sewer and took refuge on a dry doorstep – all because they had been deserted by a heartless owner. Many animals do no have anyone to love them. Could that person be you? For only £2 a month you could say ‘I love you’ to an abandoned animal.
  7. 7. Now I have talked you through the examples and discussed different techniques, I would like you to make a list of all the Persuasive techniques you can think of. One to get you started: Rhetorical Questions
  8. 8. <ul><li>What type of question can you expect: </li></ul><ul><li>Write a speech that you will deliver in your Year 11 assembly, arguing that your school can do more to be ‘green.’ </li></ul><ul><li>Write an article for your local newspaper arguing that a grant received from the government should be spent on a new sports centre or music venue. </li></ul><ul><li>Write a letter to the headmaster of your school to persuade him/her that Year 11 should be allowed to organise their own leavers ball. </li></ul><ul><li>Write a letter to your friend advising them what to do with the inheritance of £5,000 they have just received. </li></ul>
  9. 9. Write an article for your local newspaper, arguing that there is too much pressure upon teenagers and that they should be allowed to enjoy ‘the best years of their lives’ Step 1 – What is the PAF? Step 2 – Produce a plan! Step 3 – Write your response Step 4 – Leave 5 mins to proof read your work

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