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Writing Persuasively
If you want a good example of writing persuasively, look no further than the world of advertising!

Writing Persuasively

This KS2 English quiz takes a look at writing persuasively. If you want a good example of writing persuasively, look no further than the world of advertising!

If you find yourself thinking that you can't possibly live without the latest toy advertised on TV - you'll know you've been subject to some persuasive writing by clever advertising companies.

Have you ever tried to talk someone else into doing something? It's not always easy. You can't always get very far by saying, 'PleasePleasePleasePleasePlease...' In school you learn several methods which help you develop the ability to be persuasive.

See how much you've learned about persuasive writing by taking this English quiz.

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What should be in the introduction to a written argument or a persuasive speech?
A criticism of an opponent.
An explanation of the issue.
All of the points you will make, plus all of your evidence.
Your weakest point.
An introduction always 'introduces' a subject - in this case, the issue is the subject.
Which verbs are frequently used in persuasive writing?
Modal verbs like 'might', 'should', 'could', 'would', etc.
Past tense only.
Present tense only.
Future tense only.
Persuasive writing is trying to convince someone to do or believe something, so it uses verbs like 'should', 'could' and 'would'.
Which of the following is NOT an example of persuasive writing?
A speech written by a politician asking for people's votes.
An advert.
A proposition.
A recipe.
A recipe is usually instructive writing.
Persuasive writing often uses 'groups of three'. Which of these is the best example?
Better, faster and stronger.
Lunch, cake and tired.
Dogs, cats and pets.
Computers, libraries and pencils.
The more similar the words and the more closely-related, the better the 'group of three' will be.
Which of the following connectives does NOT help to structure an argument?
In conclusion.
Persuasive writing can be easy to spot - if you are drawn into what is being said, it's probably persuasive!
What is the purpose of persuasive writing?
To explain how something works.
To argue for a point of view or to convince the reader.
To share factual information.
To teach someone how to do something.
It's not only used for selling something!
Which of the following would NOT be a suitable technique to use in persuasive writing?
Flattering the reader.
Only writing lists of facts.
Quoting statistics and other evidence.
Emotional appeals.
Facts should always be used in persuasive writing, but not on their own.
Rhetorical questions are often used to make writing more persuasive. Which of the following is an example of a rhetorical question?
Would you please water the flowers?
Would you prefer cake or biscuits?
Wouldn't we all love to have less homework?
How many people visited Spain last year?
Rhetorical questions can be a powerful technique for making the audience feel that everyone agrees about an issue.
What is a slogan?
A type of argument which gives the case for something and the case against.
Another word for persuasive.
A type of rhetorical question.
A short, memorable phrase.
Lots of businesses have slogans. Can you think of any?
Which of the following would be used in persuasive writing?
First person.
Second person.
Third person.
All of the above.
Using the first person 'I' and 'we', as well as the second person 'you', is very effective in persuasive writing.
You can find more about this topic by visiting BBC Bitesize - Exploring persuasive writing

Author:  Sheri Smith

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