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Starter: Vary your sentences How many types can you name? 1.Simple 2.Compound 3.Complex 4.Minor 5.Questions, especially rhetorical 6.Rule of three. For example: young, slim and pretty 7.Commands (Imperatives)
Argue/Persuade/Advise If you’re asked to argue, persuade or advise, you will be asked to write about a subject you’ll know something about, and will, as usual, be given a few prompts to get you going.
introduction A clear, strong introduction to your subject, perhaps including some background or history; paragraph One paragraph for each new argument, topic or piece of advice; Evidencereasons Evidence or reasons for every argument you make; conclusion A clear, strong conclusion which leaves the reader with a definite picture of your opinions.
Imagine you overhear the following statement: 'We're always hearing about Girl Power and Independent Women these days, but all I see female stars doing is strutting around, looking good, posing for the cameras, making loads of money and bad-mouthing boys. What about making your own decisions and controlling your own life?’ Write an article for your school magazine arguing EITHER that today's female stars are strong role models and examples of Girl Power, OR that they are sexist and just obsessed with image and money.
G Gather ideas – mind map A Audience – who are you writing for/speaking to? Plan – structure: in what order will you present your ideas? Write an article for your school magazine arguing EITHER that today's female stars are strong role models and examples of Girl Power, OR that they are sexist and just obsessed with image and money.
Layout Do remember that you should NOT waste time on layout features such as big headings, columns or pictures. The most important thing is the quality of your writing. If you want to, you can use short subheadings between the paragraphs of a magazine article to signal to the reader what each section will cover, such as 'Girl Power – The Facts'. Sometimes these work well if you write them as questions, such as 'Rubbish or Reality?’’
Other Views It’s often useful to mention the opposite side’s views early on in your text and then use your arguments to prove them wrong ! Of course, if you’re persuading, you shouldn’t go into much detail about other people’s views – you’re trying to convince people to agree with you, so you don’t need to be as balanced as you do when analysing. Don’t rubbish others’ views, though – your audience will just switch off!
Ending for Impact In any piece of writing, but especially when you are arguing, persuading or advising, you need to leave the audience with an impression which will last. For example: So next time you hear someone talk about Girl Power, ask yourself who the 'really' powerful women are. or Girl Power is in the head, not in front of a camera.