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Identify Rhetorical Devices

In this worksheet, students will identify rhetorical devices and begin to show their understanding of the effect of these devices.

'Identify Rhetorical Devices' worksheet

Key stage:  KS 3

Year:  Year 9 English worksheets

Curriculum topic:   Writing

Curriculum subtopic:   Develop Awareness of Literary and Rhetorical Devices

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Worksheet Overview

Any text has a purpose.  It might want to inform, entertain, persuade, argue...


There are many techniques a writer can use to achieve this purpose. These are called rhetorical devices.


Not all rhetorical devices work for every situation; there are some that are best suited to a specific task. 


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One that can be used in many texts is emotive language


In this activity, we will identify emotive language, see how it works and begin to explain its effects on the reader.


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