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English Writing Exam Tips
Writing To PERSUADE:
Forge a common ground a common goal something that both you and the reader want to achieve
Maybe include an anecdote (emotional) creating a powerful and emotional illustration of why your view is the right view to hold
Use rhetorical questions
Hyperbole exaggeration e.g. I have done this a million times
Triadic structure e.g. It's not fair, it's not sensible and it's certainly not decent!
Be personal & one sided or use a point from the other side and twist it (show you understand their point of view)
Be passionate and emotional
Write according to the audience e.g. formality and respect
Appeal to their character (ETHOS) appealing to the sense of what is right and wrong e.g. Both of us, I'm sure would agree...
Appeal to their reason (LOGOS) e.g. If you do this, then that will happen
Appeal to their emotion (PATHOS) use emotional pleas showing you feel passionate about something DON'T OVER DO IT! (E.g. can we
genuinely call ourselves human beings when we allow this to continue..?)
What can be offered to change their mind, how it will benefit the reader
Be modest polite
Earn their trust!
Clear interesting structure effectively vary paragraph lengths
Link each paragraphs smoothly finish with a sentence that links to the topic sentence of the next paragraph
Range of connectives e.g. a survey
Consider making up some believable evidence to support your view
When concluding at the end of the piece do it positively, strongly and captivatingly
Restate your viewpoint in a different way but interestingly then in your first paragraph
Emphasise why your view should be considered and say it clear and crisp DON'T WAFFLE ON!
Make sure your reader knows what will happen next
Appropriate to the audience end with an emotional plea
THEN CHECK OVER YOUR WORK