Writing to Persuade

Writing to Persuade

Planning
• Make a table of points you are going to make in your answer.
• Then organise these ideas into a logical order, putting a number next to each one, so when you write it, it has a flow.

Starting your answer
• Write a headline and sub-heading (if needed) and a lead paragraph which grabs attention and start persuading.
• Now write up details from your table, writing a detailed paragraph on each one.
• Remember to use a range of techniques to make your writing individual and ambitious.

Finishing
• Your last paragraph should sum up main points. End by thanking the reader.

Proof reading
• Spend a few minutes reading through your answer. Check for incorrect spelling, missing words and a lack of paragraphing – if you have forgotten to paragraph, put a mark in the margin showing that you would have paragraphed there.
Some Useful Phrases

Giving persuasive reasons
• It is vital that…
• We feel that this is an important area for improvement.
• There has been a real need for…

Linking between paragraphs
• A further idea for improvement might be…
• Likewise…
• Furthermore…
• Similarly…
• As you can see from the comments above…

Providing answers to probably questions
• In an ideal world…
• However…
• On the other hand…

Being polite but persuasive
• I’m sure that you will agree…
• We all have the best interests…
• Please consider…

Also remember to make it personal, so the reader feels involved.

Good techniques to use:
Rule of three (brilliant, super, fast car)
Give made up facts (88% of people…)

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