English: Paper 1

Writing to Argue, Persuade, Advise

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Writing to Argue


  • Build up arguments, then knock them down with counter arguments.
  • Introduction summarising the issue
  • Use statistics to back up your points (these can be made up!)
  • Use anecdotes (personal stories) to make a point (these can be made up!)
  • Use lists of three
  • Use good connectives/discourse markers
  • Make sure to put 2 points of view across
  • Finish on a strong ending, putting across your point of view
  • Rhetorical questions
  • Topic sentences
  • Use these techniques: Alliteration/Emotive Language/Varied Sentence Structure/Other applicable poetic techniques
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Writing to Persuade


Aim is to convince the reader.

  • Use rhetorical questions
  • Use lists of three
  • Repetition
  • Include Emotive Language
  • Facts and Statistics
  • Anecdotes
  • 2nd person pronoun
  • Humour
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Writing to Advise


  • Offer further explanation
  • Must show empathy towards the reader
  • Offer several solutions and choices
  • Direct address
  • Use a wide range of vocabulary and sentence forms
  • Modal verbs (can, could, may, might, will, would, shall, should, must) are useful along with imperatives
  • Can use humour to lighten mood


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