An Introduction to Persuasive Writing Aims • Be able to use information from a piece of writing • Understand techniques used in persuasive writing What do these TV programmes have in common? • • • • • A Place In The Sun To Buy Or Not To Buy? Escape To The Country Cribs Through The Keyhole Which words might be used to describe this home? What words would you use to describe this house? Estate Agent worksheet There’s no smoke in the chimney, And the rain beats on the floor; There’s no glass in the window, There’s no wood in the door; The heather grows behind the house, and the sand lies before. No hand hath trained the ivy, The walls are grey and bare; The boats upon the sea sail by, Nor ever tarry there; No beast of the field comes nigh, Nor any bird of the air. Activity • You are an estate agent and you have been asked to sell the house in the poem. • Your task is to exaggerate the truth to try and persuade people to buy the deserted house. Areas to cover… 1. Features of the house 2. Garden area Activity – Power Of Persuasion! • In pairs, you are going to try to persuade me to buy a product which is of little or no value whatsoever. • The pair who produces the most convincing argument will win a small prize! Try to sell me… a chocolate teapot!