Y9 Homework – Writing to Argue or Persuade

For your homework, please do either question 3 or 4 from the June 2006 paper. These are as follows:

EITHER
3 Write a letter to a magazine called The Explorer arguing for or against expeditions to dangerous places. (27 marks)
OR
4 A group of students from your school or college wants to go on an adventure trip abroad. Write the text of a speech to local business people persuading them to sponsor the group. (27 marks)

Essential advice after the break. Don’t attempt this question unless you have read it.

We haven’t done a great deal on writing to argue, persuade or advise, but you should follow the following basic structures:

Writing to Argue

The important thing to note here is that you have to give two sides to an argument, then make sure that the side that supports your opinion is stronger. This is important – if you answer an “argue” question only giving one side, you will lose marks.
1. Start with an opening statement. This should give your opinion on the matter in hand.
2. A series of paragraphs, giving both argument and counter-argument. The reason you give counter arguments is to then knock them down with your own arguments. Remember, one point per paragraph.
3. A concluding paragraph, giving a summary and restating your opinion.

Writing to Persuade

This seems simpler, as you only have to give one side of the argument – imagine you are proposing the motion for a debate. However,you need to make much better use of rhetorical devices to get the marks – rhetorical questions, emotive language, the rule of threes, similes and metaphors.
1. Start with an opening statement. Make it a good, strong opening, something to grab the reader.
2. A series of paragraphs, making and elaborating upon your points. Remember, just stating your opinion won’t get you marks. You need evidence, and your full range of persuasive techniques.
3. A concluding paragraph, giving a summary and restating your opinion.

I have attached some advice and pointers which you might like to look into for further ideas – ignore the Writing to Inform bits – you don’t need them.

Good luck, chaps.

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~ by mrprestney on May 20, 2009.

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