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Understand the Features of Persuasive Texts

In this worksheet, students consider the language conventions and grammatical features of persuasive texts.

'Understand the Features of Persuasive Texts' worksheet

Key stage:  KS 2

Curriculum topic:  English

Curriculum subtopic:  Standard Comprehension

Difficulty level:  

Worksheet Overview

QUESTION 1 of 10

Persuasive texts aim to persuade readers to buy something, do something or change their minds about something.

 

A persuasive text often has the following features:

 

1) It states the writer’s viewpoint in the opening sentence.

 

2) It puts forward arguments and evidence to support this viewpoint.

 

3) It sometimes (but certainly not always!) puts forward opposing arguments.

 

4) It uses the present tense.

 

5) It uses emotive language (e.g. despicable, cruel, heart-warming).

 

6) It uses connectives that emphasise (e.g. moreover), contrast (e.g. however) or show cause and effect (e.g. because of this).

 

7) It often repeats the main points of the text.

 

8) It poses rhetorical questions (questions that don't require an answer).

How many more animals must suffer before something is done about this?

 

9) It ends with a final summary or recommendation.

Read the following statement about persuasive texts and decide whether it is true or false.

 

The writer's viewpoint is usually given in the opening statement.

true

false

Read the following statement about persuasive texts and decide whether it is true or false.

 

Persuasive texts often contain rhetorical questions.

true

false

Read the following statement about persuasive texts and decide whether it is true or false.

 

A persuasive text might contain repetition.

true

false

Read the following statement about persuasive texts and decide whether it is true or false.

 

Persuasive text is always written in the third person.

true

false

Read the following statement about persuasive texts and decide whether it is true or false.

 

Persuasive texts only ever present one side of an issue.

true

false

Read the following statement about persuasive texts and decide whether it is true or false.

 

Persuasive texts usually include forceful and emotional language.

true

false

Decide whether the following statement is fact or opinion.

 

This is the product that everybody wants!

fact

opinion

Why do writers of persuasive texts often include rhetorical questions?

to back up their arguments with evidence

to engage the reader

to find out the answer to something

Which of the following adjectives could be used to describe zoo animals by a writer who wants to persuade readers that zoos are cruel?

 

Tick three boxes.

lazy

lonely

pitiful

idle

miserable

Which of the following things is the most important to consider when writing a persuasive text?

think about the audience you are writing for

plan how you will illustrate your text

be as descriptive as possible

  • Question 1

Read the following statement about persuasive texts and decide whether it is true or false.

 

The writer's viewpoint is usually given in the opening statement.

CORRECT ANSWER
true
  • Question 2

Read the following statement about persuasive texts and decide whether it is true or false.

 

Persuasive texts often contain rhetorical questions.

CORRECT ANSWER
true
  • Question 3

Read the following statement about persuasive texts and decide whether it is true or false.

 

A persuasive text might contain repetition.

CORRECT ANSWER
true
EDDIE SAYS
Writers of persuasive texts often repeat points in different ways to make sure that the reader gets the message.
  • Question 4

Read the following statement about persuasive texts and decide whether it is true or false.

 

Persuasive text is always written in the third person.

CORRECT ANSWER
false
EDDIE SAYS
The second person is usually used to address the reader directly. For example, \'How do you feel about this?\'
  • Question 5

Read the following statement about persuasive texts and decide whether it is true or false.

 

Persuasive texts only ever present one side of an issue.

CORRECT ANSWER
false
EDDIE SAYS
A writer may put forward some arguments against his or her point, but will then try to show that these arguments are wrong.
  • Question 6

Read the following statement about persuasive texts and decide whether it is true or false.

 

Persuasive texts usually include forceful and emotional language.

CORRECT ANSWER
true
EDDIE SAYS
Writers of persuasive texts want to make their readers feel the same way as they do, so they choose words that will help them achieve this.
  • Question 7

Decide whether the following statement is fact or opinion.

 

This is the product that everybody wants!

CORRECT ANSWER
opinion
EDDIE SAYS
The writer cannot possibly know what everybody thinks!
  • Question 8

Why do writers of persuasive texts often include rhetorical questions?

CORRECT ANSWER
to engage the reader
EDDIE SAYS
Rhetorical questions are aimed at making readers consider what they think about the problem or product being discussed.
  • Question 9

Which of the following adjectives could be used to describe zoo animals by a writer who wants to persuade readers that zoos are cruel?

 

Tick three boxes.

CORRECT ANSWER
lonely
pitiful
miserable
EDDIE SAYS
Adjectives like 'lazy'and 'idle' would portray the animals in a negative way, which would not help the reader to feel sorry for them.
  • Question 10

Which of the following things is the most important to consider when writing a persuasive text?

CORRECT ANSWER
think about the audience you are writing for
EDDIE SAYS
You need to think carefully about your audience. For example, writing aimed at adults should be written in a different style from writing aimed at younger children.
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