1 | Persuasive techniques slideshow

This Slideshare presentation offers a great introduction to persuasive writing and its concepts and terms for students.

Check it out here.

2 | Write a letter of complaint

The new GCSE syllabus encourages pupils to craft their writing in order to be imaginative and engaging. However, inspiring pupils to write a lively personal response can be a real challenge.

So, how can we enthuse our young people? Encourage teenagers to do what they do best: complain – albeit in the form of a sophisticated, engaging, witty and highly persuasive protest worthy of a grade 9.

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3 | Persuasion techniques

This handy little printable PDF is packed with persuasive writing techniques that will serve as a great introduction or reminder for your pupils.

It’s got everything from alliteration to hyperbole, and imperatives to repetition, all wrapped up with succinct descriptions and definitions.

Download and print it here.

4 | “Yeah, But, No, But…”

Is it really a good idea to invite Vicky Pollard into your classroom to help students get to grips with persuasive writing? Steve Duffy thinks he can convince you.

This lesson combines a variety of individual and group tasks designed to get students to explore difficult moral issues, while at the same time developing their understanding of how writers manipulate language and why it is essential to support opinions with evidence.

Students will develop their vocabulary, analyse how speakers use language and different types of evidence to persuade, and create a piece of persuasive writing.

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5 | Charlie Chaplin’s The Great Dictator

How can Charlie Chaplin help students to become persuasive and voice their emotions?

Here, you will be looking at how it can help students to create a piece of persuasive writing, but it can also be easily adapted for teaching descriptive, narrative and argumentative styles.

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6 | Suffragettes and votes

This activity asks your students to write a letter from an imprisoned Suffragette, explaining to their sister or brother why they are willing to go to prison for their cause.

Their letters need to be able to convey not only their personal feelings, but also to justify their views in the wider context of the Suffragette movement.

It should also make clear arguments in favour of what they are doing, and the results they hope to gain from it.

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7 | Write and argue

This PowerPoint resource is in-depth look at how to persuade and argue effectively, using the ‘AFOREST’ list of persuasive techniques: alliteration, facts, opinions, repetition, emotive language, statistics, threes (rule of).

You’ll find the download link here.

8 | Influencing world leaders

This lesson plan was part of a range of free resources produced for Send My Friend to School, the schools activity of the UK Global Campaign for Education, which was asking world leaders to keep their promise to get all children into school.

The main task for students is to write a letter persuading someone with influence to support the rights of all children to get an education.

The resource includes activities, discussion points, and two example letters.

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9 | Why should we care for our forests?

This resource from the Forest Stewardship Council lets students explore the use of persuasive text and imagery in the FSC’s promotional materials, and asks them to consider the language that is used to persuade readers of the benefits of FSC and how the claims are supported.

It includes activities and ideas as well as links to the materials for students to examine.

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