And we’re the persuaders! Together we’re going to teach you powerful persuasive techniques that you can perfect in your pen work and persuade people.
What like hypnosis? Sort of, but with words
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So what’s with using lame graphics like us in this powerpoint? Teacher thought it would make the power point more interesting. It’s also a touch of parody to make things more persuasive.
What’s a parody? Hey do you want to go out tonight? I’m sick of your questions
The power of persuasive techniques power point Here are some techniques to help make your writing more persuasive.
PERSUASIVE TECHNIQUE 1: Alliteration Repeating the first sound of different words is alliteration. They also start with the same letter. Eg; To argue like that makes those people cruel, calculating and corrupt!
1 minute to practice: Write a sentence that uses alliteration.
PERSUASIVE TECHNIQUE 2 REPETITION Repetition of words creates emphasis. Eg: We must all try to write with purpose, write with feeling and write using techniques to persuade. Using the word ‘write’ 3 times gives it more emphasis.
1 minute to practice: Write a sentence that uses repetition.
PERSUASIVE TECHNIQUE 3 Rhetorical Question
RHETORICAL QUESTION A question which does not require an answer. This type of question is so obvious it does not need an answer and it can help to reinforce a point. Don’t you think?
1 minute to practice: Write a RHETORICAL QUESTION
PERSUASIVE TECHNIQUE 4 Tone of Voice Tone of writer’s voice: ridicule, sarcastic, negative, aggressive, supportive, sympathetic, rational, even-handed, gentle..
The tone of a piece of writing is the emotion of the writer that comes through when it is read. The tone in a piece of writing can help to persuade the reader. There can be a balanced, fair tone, an angry tone, an exaggerated tone, a sarcastic tone, etc
Here’s a topic: facebook
1 minute to practice: TONE OF VOICE Write a sentence about Facebook with an angry tone.
1 minute to practice: TONE OF VOICE Write a sentence about Facebook with an gentle tone.
PERSUASIVE TECHNIQUE 5: Metaphors/simile Metaphors and Similes are used in figurative language to compare and contrast different objects or ideas. They are formed when words are put together so skilfully they conjure up pictures in the minds of the reader.
A simile: “This issue is like a hot potato and no one wants to touch it.” A simile makes comparisons using the words “like” and “as”.
Simile: My love is like a red, red rose
A metaphor: “ This issue is like a boat on rough water. Everyone has an opinion that is tossed around.” A metaphor makes symbolic and direct comparisons between two objects.
1 minute to practice: Write a sentence that uses a metaphor or simile
PERSUASIVE TECHNIQUE 6: Emotive Language Like many persuasive techniques, emotive appeals aim to engage people’s feelings, not logic or reason. If a writer can manipulate a reader to feel a certain way, that reader should be more likely to agree with the writer’s overall contention. Often writers will use other forms of persuasive language techniques in order to appeal to people’s emotions.
1 minute to practice: Write a sentence that uses emotive language
Inclusive language hyperbole Alliteration repetition Use of expert opinion Emotional appeal An example of persuasive writing from 1950.
PERSUASIVE TECHNIQUE 7: Hyperbole Use of exaggeration in your writing to persuade the reader. Eg: This handout is the most amazing, wonderful and the greatest thing in the universe. Forceful and overblown language to get the point across.
1 minute to practice: Write a sentence that uses hyperbole
PERSUASIVE TECHNIQUE 8: Expert Opinion/Quotes Using an expert or important person’s opinion to make your argument seem more convincing. Experts are often called upon to make one side seem stronger and more believable. Here’s a quote from Albert Einstein…………
1 minute to practice: Write a sentence that uses an expert opinion or a quote.
PERSUASIVE TECHNIQUE 9: Anecdote/ personal experience Anecdotes and personal experiences are stories involving real life events, a true story. Such stories can be used to back up an argument. To support a contention, and to make themselves appear more credible, writers often use personal anecdotes. Eg text; “I can tell you that, as a teenager, it can sometimes be very difficult to get up in the morning when you have spent most of the night social networking!”
1 minute to practice: Write a sentence that uses personal experience or an anecdote about the topic of using computers.
PERSUASIVE TECHNIQUE 10 Inclusive language This is writing that directly addresses the reader, either personally or as a member of a shared group. It involves words like, us, we, you, our.