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Writing to Persuade: Exercise for Teenagers

In this worksheet, students revise the features of persuasive writing. Then they plan and produce an article for a school magazine persuading teenagers to take up more exercise.

'Writing to Persuade: Exercise for Teenagers' worksheet

Key stage:  KS 4

Curriculum topic:  Writing

Curriculum subtopic:  Be Aware of Audience/Purpose/Context in Own Writing

Difficulty level:  

Worksheet Overview

QUESTION 1 of 10

In this activity you will revise persuasive devices. It's a necessary skill for your GCSE, but might also come in handy when you're trying to persuade someone to buy you a new pair of trainers!

 

You will then plan and write an article for a school magazine persuading teenagers to take up more exercise.

 

Teenagers engaged in different sports

Firstly we are going to revise the different persuasive devices.

In the answer box below, write a brief explanation of the purpose of each of the following persuasive devices. Here is an example:

emotive language = to manipulate the reader's emotions or to be dramatic

 

Now do the same for these devices:

  • imagery
  • repititon
  • personal pronouns
  • rule of three
  • exaggeration or hyperbole
  • alliteration
  • rhetorical question

 

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

Now you are going to plan your written task. 

 

You have been asked to write an article for a school magazine persuading teenagers to take up more exercise.

 

Spend 5-10 minutues planning your ideas and writing them down. You need to think of reasons why exercise is good for teenagers.

 

 

Now look back at you plan using the 'Back' button. You should plan which of the different persuasive devices you will use for each idea. For example, you might choose to use the rule of three to emphasise a point.

 

Give an example of a persuasive device for each of your ideas.

Now write your answer under exam conditions. You should spend about 35-40 minutes on this task.

 

When you have finished, your parent or guardian will be able to mark your answer using a GCSE style mark scheme.

  • Question 1

Firstly we are going to revise the different persuasive devices.

In the answer box below, write a brief explanation of the purpose of each of the following persuasive devices. Here is an example:

emotive language = to manipulate the reader's emotions or to be dramatic

 

Now do the same for these devices:

  • imagery
  • repititon
  • personal pronouns
  • rule of three
  • exaggeration or hyperbole
  • alliteration
  • rhetorical question

 

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

CORRECT ANSWER
EDDIE SAYS
Try to write some examples using these techniques, especially practising any you weren't sure of.
  • Question 2

Now you are going to plan your written task. 

 

You have been asked to write an article for a school magazine persuading teenagers to take up more exercise.

 

Spend 5-10 minutues planning your ideas and writing them down. You need to think of reasons why exercise is good for teenagers.

 

 

CORRECT ANSWER
EDDIE SAYS
The student has been asked to write an article for a school magazine persuading teenagers to take up more exercise.

Check that the student has a plan of different ideas about why exercise is good for teenagers. Examples of ideas include: exercise combats obesity, it develops confidence, it allows them to meet new people, it stops them hanging around the streets etc.

You should award one mark for this section.
  • Question 3

Now look back at you plan using the 'Back' button. You should plan which of the different persuasive devices you will use for each idea. For example, you might choose to use the rule of three to emphasise a point.

 

Give an example of a persuasive device for each of your ideas.

CORRECT ANSWER
EDDIE SAYS
The student should give an example of a persuasive device for each of the ideas listed in their plan.

Award one mark for each example, up to a maximum of three marks.
  • Question 4

Now write your answer under exam conditions. You should spend about 35-40 minutes on this task.

 

When you have finished, your parent or guardian will be able to mark your answer using a GCSE style mark scheme.

CORRECT ANSWER
EDDIE SAYS
Apply the following GCSE style mark scheme in a 'best fit' manner.

9 – 10 Marks:
• The student communicates ideas effectively and engages the reader with detailed complex ideas
• Style and content is matched to audience and purpose
• The student uses a range of linguistic features such as rhetorical questions, irony, and exaggeration to engage the reader
• The student uses ambitious vocabulary and spells complex words correctly
• Paragraphs are used correctly and they use a range of different types of sentences with varied punctuation
• Student uses complex grammar
• Connectives are used fluently

5 – 8 Marks:
• The student successfully communicates and uses some detailed ideas
• The student clearly identifies audience and purpose
• The student uses some linguistic features such as rhetorical questions to engage the reader
• The student attempts to use some ambitious vocabulary and spells some complex words accurately.
• There is an attempt at correct paragraphing and sentences are mainly punctuated correctly with an attempt at varied punctuation. Connectives are used but sometimes mechanically

1 - 4 Marks:
• There is limited communication of ideas and little detail – one or two ideas are linked
• There is little awareness of audience and purpose
• The student uses very few linguistic features such as rhetorical questions to engage the reader
• There is limited vocabulary and few complex words are spelt accurately
• There are no paragraphs and punctuation is often incorrect
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