Persuasive Writing aims to present an idea to a reader and persuade them to agree with the writer’s point of view. Learning to write persuasively is a crucial ‘real life’ skill for students. Some examples of persuasive texts include: arguments, expositions, discussions, and letters to the editor, debates, reviews and advertisements. Follow the lessons below to become proficient in using the teaching program.
This introductory video sets the scene for the Persuasive Writing Course by demonstrating how the Seven Steps techniques can be used to improve students’ Persuasive Writing.
This second lesson on planning looks at the importance of ordering ideas correctly to build momentum in a persuasive text. The Persuasive Writing Graph is used to demonstrate how this can be achieved. Introduce this simple and effective planning tool to your students and see the impact it has on their writing.
The tension scene in Persuasive Writing can be described as the ‘crescendo scene’ and, like a narrative tension scene, it plays a key role in the overall structure. A great persuasive text builds up momentum and it is the crescendo scene, the last body paragraph, that sets everything up for the grand finale. This paragraph should be the most emotionally engaging in order to convince the reader.
Showing rather than telling engages people’s emotions which is incredibly persuasive. While it is important to establish credibility (Ethos) and provide facts and figures to back up what you are saying (Logos), it is emotional appeal (Pathos) that will win over your reader.
The persuasive formula is fine for beginning writers but as students develop it is important to move beyond this. With this lesson, ban boring introductions, transitions and conclusions and ensure every student’s work is interesting and unique! Editing is a crucial element of this step.