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?)