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Persuasive devices
• emotive language
‘strong’ adjectives
• deliberate ambiguity
probably the best, perhaps, maybe
• “dare you disagree!”
Surely, …
Obviously, …
Everyone know that …
• rhetorical questions
“Are we expected to …?”
“How will …?”
• turning opinion into truth
“The fact is …”
“The real truth is …”
Always ask yourself – Is it …
Persuasion language features
• Present tense verbs
(except in historical arguments)
• persuasive devices
• the language of argument
…because _______.
Consequently, …_______.
This results in …_______
The reason that _______ is that…
• ‘structural signposts’ to your main points
There are three major arguments …
First and foremost …
My second important point is …
Finally …
To sum up …
Elaborating a point.
Make your point clearly, in a sentence.
Background detail or
explanation necessary
to make the case.
Examples to back up the case
For example…
For instance…
This is obvious in the case of…
Planning persuasive writing.
Your ideas, perhaps on a
Point + Evidence
Point + Persuasive
Language Chart
point evidence
point persuasive
ORGANISE into arguments
use a bullet for each main point
on the prongs note any elaboration
sum up/restate
Each pronged bullet gives you one paragraph (or section) in your writing.
Persuasive writing needs:
think about he audience for the genre
how much do you know about them (age, interests,
prior knowledge)?
Use what you know about your audience to decide
how much background detail is needed
appropriate level of formality
Think about your audience when you plan the
layout. How can you make it easy for them to read?
Where should you text sit along the continua?
informal ----------------------------------------------- formal
personal ----------------------------------------- impersonal
The position on each continuum may be different. Impersonal
texts are sometimes written informally, and personal texts may
be formal.
Persuasive writing needs:
to attract the attention of the audience
to gain trust
to argue the case clearly
to convince the audience
The genre of text can also affect the purpose.
an eye-catching title and/or opening
a clear opening statement of your point of view
main points clearly set out, e.g. each paragraph
start with a topic sentence.
A topic sentence sums
up what the paragraph
is about.
information, reasons, examples to back up each
summary of main points at the end (perhaps
restating the case in some way).
Persuasion Text
Argues the case for a point of view.
The argument needs:
• Clear points
• Any necessary elaboration (explanation)
Persuasion Text
These texts are often ‘persuasion texts’…
pamphlet from pressure
group or political party
magazine article
“letter to the editor”
poster for flier
travel brochure
book blurb
Write an assisted Persuasive Essay.
Possible Topics page 1
Too much money is a bad thing.
People should go to jail when they abandon their pets.
Kids should get paid for good grades.
Kids should have less homework.
We need more women in power.
We should teach etiquette in schools.
Short hair is better than long hair.
Racial slurs should be illegal.
I'm old enough to babysit.
Recycling should be mandatory for everyone.
Children should be required to read more.
We shouldn't have to pay for Internet access.
All students should study abroad (overseas).
Cell phones should never be used while driving.
Bullies should be kicked out of school.
Parents of bullies should have to pay a fine.
The school year should be longer.
School days should start later.
All students should wear uniforms.
Students should be allowed to pray in school.
Children should be able to choose their bedtime.
At least one parent should work from home.
People should carpool more.
We should allow pets in school.
I'm old enough to stay at home alone.
Schooling should be free.
Uniform and textbooks should be free.
School tests are not effective.
We should all give back to our communities.
Every New Zealander should learn to speak Maori.
Every New Zealander should learn to speak English.
Video games can be educational.
We need more holidays.
Aliens probably exist.
Write an assisted Persuasive Essay.
Possible Topics page 2
Athletes are paid too much.
Kids should be able to vote.
We need a military draft.
Kids should get paid for grades.
School should take place in the evenings.
Country life is better than city life.
City life is better than country life.
Life is better than it was 50 years ago.
Some health foods are really junk foods.
Some junk foods are really health foods.
We should return to horse and buggy transportation.
Medical testing on animals is immoral.
Single sex schools provide a better education.
Students should have an adult with them during the first year of driving.
Year round school is a bad idea.
We can change the world.
Skateboard helmets should be mandatory.
Cars should come with breathalyzers.
Kids under 15 shouldn't have Facebook pages.
Teachers should be paid more.
There should be one world currency.
We should provide food for the poor.
The government should impose household trash limits.
Children should be paid for doing chores.
We should populate the moon.
Every family should have a natural disaster survival plan.
Parents should talk to kids about drugs at a young age.
Dogs make better pets than cats.
The moon is as important as the sun.
What to do…
Choose a Topic Close to Your Heart
If you have a choice, choose a persuasive speech topic which you feel very deeply about. That
way, the persuasive power in you won't have to be coerced out, but it will express itself
naturally. Go for a topic which rouses you to speak up. Then decide on the point which is going
to be the conclusive remark of your speech.
Be specific about what point you want to drive through the whole speech to save yourself from
writing a speech which beats around the bush. Once you are decided on the prime thought you
want to drive across, you can begin the process of writing the speech. Imagine this thought to
be a castle in the air, under which you have to put a strong logical foundation through your
speech, so that your audience can scale it to understand your point of view.
Research & Brainstorm
Research is the soul of a persuasive speech. Read what all you need to read to know the core
subject of speech. If you need facts and figures, dig for them through research. Get somebody
who is as excited about the topic, as you are, to brainstorm with you. Make the library your
home and clear out all the basic ideas that you need to understand to present the main topic
clearly. Pen down your thoughts and points which emerge from the research and discussion.
Jot down as many facts and points you can to support your argument.
Persuade Yourself First
To be persuasive in a speech, you yourself need to be convinced about the soundness of your
ultimate thought or inference. To be convinced, you need to be sceptical (disbelieving) before
and jot down as many points against your arguments as you can. Then decimate (destroy) every
one of those points, which go against your argument. If you can overcome your own doubts,
you will certainly sound more convincing.
Begin Writing & Create an Intricate Logical Argument
When you think you have enough firepower in the form of sound logic facts and a rock solid
rationale to back them up, begin writing your speech. Firstly introduce the subject to the
audience and talk about why you feel deeply about it. Follow this up with your argument
supporting your point of view.
Attack Counter Arguments & Address Loopholes
Once you are done with the 'for' arguments, bring up every counter argument that goes against
the thought and eliminate them, one by one. Any loop holes that you think others may point
out, must be addressed here.
When you are done with that, you can move towards the conclusion and summarize your
entire argument to reach your final point. Let humour and sparkling wit be sprinkled
throughout to keep the audience interested throughout the speech.
These are some comments we looked at after our own debate
regarding the wearing of School Uniform.
Our Class Debate
School Uniform
Arguments For and Against Wearing School Uniform
Shoes are not too big. Perhaps
parents buy too big. Wear shoes
with pride.
Uniform shoes are too big and
clunky .
Support our school for interschools. So other schools know
where we come from. Like
interschool soccer.
Buy second hand uniform, or
borrow off friends/family. Much
cheaper second hand.
Everyday you know what you are
going to wear. Takes less time.
School rule is if playing contact
sports you wear mufti. And you get
taught at production to sew.
Wear school uniform down street
and school gets noticed for good
Could user a washing machine,
dryer or deodorant to cover the
Makes you look neat and tidy easy
to recognise. Everyone wearing the
same clothing not missed-matched.
They are too expensive. Some
people can’t afford the cost of
Can choose what you are going to
wear the night before.
When playing sports they rip and
get damaged.
Walking down the streets if you do
something wrong you will be
reported on if you are wearing
If you don’t have two pairs of
uniform then your uniform gets
smelly/stinky, and too expensive to
buy 2 pairs.
If all wearing the same things you
don’t show individuality and could
get teased if wearing uniform
differently. And could get teased.
Students explore the issue of school uniforms, developing
arguments around it from different points of view.
Discussion: School Uniforms
People have different opinions about
whether or not school uniforms are a good
idea. You need to decide whether you
agree or disagree with wearing a school
You must not ‘sit on the fence’.
List all your ideas and/or reasons why you
have decided for or against school
Lets share our ideas…. A debate!
“Yippee” said Kathleen
Sometimes we want to talk someone into thinking about things the same way
we think about them. For example, you might try to persuade your parents to
let you stay up late to watch a movie on TV. When we are trying to persuade
someone we have to think of some good reasons for them to agree.
You are going to pretend that you want to have a friend come over to your
place after school. You have to try and convince your parents that it would be a
good idea.
You will need to try to think of some really good reasons for having your friend
come to your house. Try to think of things your parents might not like about
having your friend over and what you could say to them about those things.
You can have a few moments to think about what you might say to your
parents and how you might say it. Then you can imagine that I am your parent
and tell me what you would say.
Allow time.
Now imagine that I am your parent. Try to persuade me with your good
reasons, and remember that I might not want to have your friend come over
after school.
Room 8 Students – Roll played this scene in pairs.
One was the child (the persuader). The other took the roll of the parent (to be
Was that only 4-5 children could convince their parent to have a friend over.
Overall, the children from Room 8 enjoyed the activity because it gave them an
opportunity to ‘think’ before going to ask parents for something.
THINK: Pros and Cons of the event.