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Identify Rhetorical Devices

In this worksheet, students will develop their understanding of rhetorical devices and begin to hone skills in the effect of these devices.

'Identify Rhetorical Devices' worksheet

Key stage:  KS 3

Year:  Year 8 English worksheets

Curriculum topic:   Writing

Curriculum subtopic:   Use Growing Knowledge to Support Writing

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Worksheet Overview

When we are writing a non-fiction text, a good way to communicate effectively with our audience is through the use of rhetorical devices. 


These devices are specific ways in which language can be used to engage the audience and make sure that what we have said is fully understood and acted upon!


Non-fiction texts are any texts that are not made up. They can be articles, reports, blogs, adverts, essays, speeches...the list goes on.


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Just because they are not descriptive fiction texts does not mean that our language choices don't matter - they do!


For this activity, we will be looking at a speech on healthy eating. Have a read and get ready for the questions!


Today, I want to talk to you about something important: eating in a way that's good for your body. In a world full of tempting but not-so-healthy foods, it's easy to forget that our bodies need the right kind of fuel to work well. What we eat affects how we feel and how long we live. It's not just about looking good, but also about feeling great and living a longer, healthier life.


Let's see just how critical healthy eating is:

Did you know that poor diet is a leading factor in the global burden of disease? According to the World Health Organisation, unhealthy diets are responsible for more deaths than any other risk factor, including smoking.


The Global Heart Association reports that cardiovascular diseases, often linked to diet and lifestyle, are responsible for over 17.9 million deaths each year, making heart disease the leading global cause of death.


In developed countries, 34% of adults and 18.5% of children are obese, which significantly increases the risk of heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes, and some types of cancer.


The World Cancer Research Fund states that about one-third of the most common cancers can be prevented through a combination of healthy eating, regular physical activity, and maintaining a healthy weight.


Given these statistics, it's clear that the way we eat profoundly impacts our health and well-being. Healthy eating is not a passing trend; it's a lifelong commitment to taking care of ourselves.


So, how can we make healthy eating a part of our everyday lives?


Get to know which foods are good for you and why. Knowing this is like having a superpower for your health. Create a plan for what you're going to eat and prepare your meals when you can. This helps you have healthy food on hand even when you're busy. It's okay to have some treats now and then, just not too often. It's all about finding a balance. Don't forget to drink plenty of water throughout the day. Pay attention to when you're hungry and when you're full. This helps you avoid eating too much.


To wrap it up, healthy eating is not a one-size-fits-all approach. It's about understanding what your body needs, making smart choices, and living in a way that keeps you feeling great. What you eat today shapes your future: choose wisely, listen to your body, and enjoy the benefits. Your diet is good for both body and soul. Remember, you are what you eat, so make each bite count.


Thank you.


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