Persuasive texts

Persuasion texts are written for the purpose of presenting a point of view in favour or against a specific topic. The ultimate aim is to try to convince the reader to agree with your opinion, or take a certain course of action, by giving reasons and examples to support your ideas.

Structure:
Introduction
– include a statement to give the author’s opinion
– engage the reader’s attention

Body
• are emotive
• are biased
• sound authoritative
– include a series of paragraphs
– give a new idea or argument with reasons and examples to support it in each paragraph
– use persuasive language
– use quoted or reported speech
– use cohesive language to link ideas between paragraphs

Conclusion
– restate the position of the writer
– sum up the main arguments
– include request action to be taken by the reader (optional)
– do NOT give any new information

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