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Literacy – Persuasive Writing

AMpThu, 13 Mar 2014 02:18:45 -040018Thursday 14, 2009 by Grade56neighbourhood blog   


We have been learning through advertising the skill of persuasive text. This week we looked at the elements used when writing an introduction (opening paragraph).

  • Clearly state your position for your persuasive text – This mentions the problem or issue the writer is addressing in the text and whether they agree or disagree.
  • Present your three arguments/examples – these arguments/examples support the writer’s position. This is brief and does not go into detail. This sets ups the order of how the body of the text will be structured.
  • Grab the reader’s attention with a ‘hook’ – The introduction could begin with:
    • Opening with a strong statement: Providing the readers with a thought provoking idea (Cigarettes are the number one cause of lighter sales in Australia!)
    • Opening with an Anecdote: An anecdote is a personal story that evokes emotion, it is short and to the point. (When I was a child we never watched as much television as children do now, we went outside and played games, experienced life)
    • Opening with a Statistic or Fact: Sometimes a statistic or fact will add emphasis or interest to your topic. It can include an expert opinion. (70% of Dentist believe that children under the age of 5 should not drink soft drink because it is bad for their teeth)
    • Opening with a question: Provides an idea that makes the reader reconsider what they think about a particular topic (Have you ever considered how many books we’d read if it were not for television?)



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