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Revise Persuasive Techniques and Rhetorical Devices

In this worksheet, students revise the various persuasive techniques and rhetorical devices they will need to be able to recognise and use in their examinations.

'Revise Persuasive Techniques and Rhetorical Devices' worksheet

Key stage:  KS 4

Curriculum topic:  Writing

Curriculum subtopic:  Use Accurate Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling

Difficulty level:  

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Worksheet Overview

QUESTION 1 of 10

This worksheet will enable you to revise the various persuasive techniques and rhetorical devices you will need to be able to recognise and use in your GCSE exam.

 

Many media texts often have a persuasive tone and you need to be able to recognise and understand how writers create this. You should also be able to use this knowledge in your own writing.

Writers often use emotive language to manipulate the reader's emotions. They use words to be dramatic or to make the reader feel a certain emotion, such as guilt or pity.

 

Emotive language is often seen in headlines or charity adverts. Read the following example: 

 

Poor little helpless Tigger the cat was dumped in a binbag by his heartless owners. He was found starving, exhausted and terified. 

 

Select the eight examples of emotive language used to create sympathy for Tigger. 

'Poor'

'little'

'helpless'

'found'

'dumped'

'heartless'

'owners'

'starving'

'exhausted'

'terrified'

'Tigger'

'binbag'

Sometimes, writers use questions that don't require an answer for a particular effect.

 

Here is an example:

 

Every summer holidays many schools are deliberately set alight. Is this kind of antisocial behaviour something we should ignore in our society?

 

What is this klnd of question called and why is it used? Select two answers.

a rhetorical question

a repeatable question

to make the reader find out the answer themselves

to make the reader think

An effective way of emphasising a point is to use the rule of three. For example:

 

Allowing schools to set their own holiday dates will create stress, expense and worry for parents.

 

Which three words are used in the rule of three in this example?

schools

set

stress

expense

worry

parents

Which group of people often use the rule of three in their speeches?

teachers

judges

politicians

Read this headline:

 

Rooney reigns as club rides high

 

Which technique is being used here? What is its effect? Select two answers.

assonance

alliteration

it makes the sentence flow

it makes a group of words stand out

Exaggeration is another technique that can be used to give emphasis to something. Writers often use exaggeration. The easiest way to do this is to use superlatives.

 

Read the list of words below and select the four examples of superlatives.

best

hot

biggest

greatest

old

most useless

Why is repetition used in persuasive writing?

to make the paragraph seem longer

to emphasise a point

to make sure the reader stays interested

Another way of making readers feel involved is through the use of personal pronouns or modes of address.

 

Match the following personal pronouns or modes of address with their effects. Hover your mouse over the boxes to see their contents in full.

Column A

Column B

I, My
involves the readers and makes them feel as if the...
you
gives a personal feel to the writing and a sense o...
we, us
gives a friendly tone and breaks down the barrier ...
friends
assumes the reader is on the side of the writer

Writers also use imagery to paint a picture in their readers' minds.

 

Which of the terms below are examples of imagery?

alliteration

metaphor

repetition

simile

Now we are going to revise the different persuasive devices.

 

Match each device below with its effect. Hover your mouse over the effects to see them in full.

 

If you are having difficulty, it might be helpful to write your own examples of each technique.

Column A

Column B

Emotive language
to paint a picture in the mind of the reader
Imagery
to involve the reader and make them think
Repetition
to give something greater emphasis
Personal pronouns
to emphasise a point
Rule of three
to emphasise a point
Exaggeration or hyperbole
to involve the reader or give the writing a sense ...
Alliteration
to manipulate a readers emotions or to be dramatic
Rhetorical questions
to make a group of words stand out
  • Question 1

Writers often use emotive language to manipulate the reader's emotions. They use words to be dramatic or to make the reader feel a certain emotion, such as guilt or pity.

 

Emotive language is often seen in headlines or charity adverts. Read the following example: 

 

Poor little helpless Tigger the cat was dumped in a binbag by his heartless owners. He was found starving, exhausted and terified. 

 

Select the eight examples of emotive language used to create sympathy for Tigger. 

CORRECT ANSWER
'Poor'
'little'
'helpless'
'dumped'
'heartless'
'starving'
'exhausted'
'terrified'
  • Question 2

Sometimes, writers use questions that don't require an answer for a particular effect.

 

Here is an example:

 

Every summer holidays many schools are deliberately set alight. Is this kind of antisocial behaviour something we should ignore in our society?

 

What is this klnd of question called and why is it used? Select two answers.

CORRECT ANSWER
a rhetorical question
to make the reader think
  • Question 3

An effective way of emphasising a point is to use the rule of three. For example:

 

Allowing schools to set their own holiday dates will create stress, expense and worry for parents.

 

Which three words are used in the rule of three in this example?

CORRECT ANSWER
stress
expense
worry
  • Question 4

Which group of people often use the rule of three in their speeches?

CORRECT ANSWER
politicians
  • Question 5

Read this headline:

 

Rooney reigns as club rides high

 

Which technique is being used here? What is its effect? Select two answers.

CORRECT ANSWER
alliteration
it makes a group of words stand out
  • Question 6

Exaggeration is another technique that can be used to give emphasis to something. Writers often use exaggeration. The easiest way to do this is to use superlatives.

 

Read the list of words below and select the four examples of superlatives.

CORRECT ANSWER
best
biggest
greatest
most useless
  • Question 7

Why is repetition used in persuasive writing?

CORRECT ANSWER
to emphasise a point
  • Question 8

Another way of making readers feel involved is through the use of personal pronouns or modes of address.

 

Match the following personal pronouns or modes of address with their effects. Hover your mouse over the boxes to see their contents in full.

CORRECT ANSWER

Column A

Column B

I, My
gives a personal feel to the writ...
you
involves the readers and makes th...
we, us
assumes the reader is on the side...
friends
gives a friendly tone and breaks ...
  • Question 9

Writers also use imagery to paint a picture in their readers' minds.

 

Which of the terms below are examples of imagery?

CORRECT ANSWER
metaphor
simile
  • Question 10

Now we are going to revise the different persuasive devices.

 

Match each device below with its effect. Hover your mouse over the effects to see them in full.

 

If you are having difficulty, it might be helpful to write your own examples of each technique.

CORRECT ANSWER

Column A

Column B

Emotive language
to manipulate a readers emotions ...
Imagery
to paint a picture in the mind of...
Repetition
to emphasise a point
Personal pronouns
to involve the reader or give the...
Rule of three
to emphasise a point
Exaggeration or hyperbole
to give something greater emphasi...
Alliteration
to make a group of words stand ou...
Rhetorical questions
to involve the reader and make th...
---- OR ----

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