Tuesday, 2 June 2015

This is my writing - WALT write a persuasive argument

Purpose: To argue the case or a point of view,
to attempt to convince the reader.

Structure: Opening statement - introduce your point of view Arguments - point and evidence

Conclusion - repeat your point of view
Features: Present tense

Connectives (logical not time) - because, however, this shows, etc. 

Success Criteria: we will know we have achieved this when:

  • we can state our point of view clearly in the introduction and the conclusion
  • we can back each argument with relevant evidence and detail
  • our argument is mainly in the present Tense
  • we use connectives which link our ideas within the argument: because, consequently, so, therefore
  • we can structure the argument using firstly, secondly, finally
  • we can use persuasive devices such as

Statistics: ‘More than 50%.....’

Emotive language; strong adjective

Of course…………

I would like to tell you about…


undoubtedly .......

above all .....
specifically  ......

more importantly ......

I have heard a rumour that...

This needs to be dealt with....

Powerful rhetorical question starters

How could you (we) possibly…..

Do you really think…..

What would happen if……

Could your conscience cope with….

Is it really worth….

Do you want to be part of…….

Let's structure our ideas together!
We start with the statement at the top of the page, like this!

Statement: Should Goldilocks have entered the three bears house.

Introduction: states your point of view clearly 
Yes, I agree with this statement, I believe that Goldilocks should have entered the three bears house. Most people would think it was not right to go into someone else’s house, and normally I would agree with that. But on this particular day, stumbling across the bears little cottage had undoubtedly saved Goldilocks life. 

The body - This is where you talk about your points/ideas in detail.

Firstly, I would like to tell you about how Goldilocks ended up in the forest that day. The night before Goldilocks and her family had been star gazing, trying to find the seven sisters of Matariki. When an amazing bright light caught her eye, and sparked her curiosity, Goldilocks was blinded with delight and followed the light which turned out to be a shooting star. Before she knew it, she was separated from her family, and she was lost. She was extremely frightened and didn't know whether she would find her way out of the forest alive. How would you feel if you were lost and alone?

Secondly, could your conscience cope with denying a lost, hungry and sleep deprived child her one last chance at survival. She had been walking most of the night and was totally exhausted,when she came across the bears little cottage. She tried the door and it was open, she couldn't believe her luck. She dragged her starving body through the door, looking for help. When suddenly, she was distracted by the smell of the freshly cooked porridge, lingering in the air, which compelled her senses and her ability to make good choices. Before she new it she had eaten all of baby bears porridge. Obviously she was overwhelmed by her experience and needed a place to rest, so she tried the chairs, until she found the most comfortable chair and to her dismay she broke it. She was totally distraught and promised herself that she would replace the chair, when she got home because her father was a furniture maker.

Thirdly and more importantly, Goldilocks needed to find somewhere to sleep because she had been up most of the night and was suffering from exhaustion and exposure to the elements. She needed to find somewhere cosy and comfortable to rebuild her energy levels before she continued on her long journey home. Who knows when she will see her family again?

Conclusion: A good conclusion should: sum up what you have written. It should be a good end to your argument. Refer back to your introduction and remind your reader that you did answer the statement.

I have done my best to show in this argument that Goldilocks should have entered the three bears house. We know that entering someones home without permission is wrong but Goldilocks was a special case. She was in need of food and shelter because she was lost. THANK YOU BEAR FAMILY, FROM GOLDILOCKS!

Here are some starters to help you with your conclusions...
My argument has looked at......
I have done my best to show in this argument that.....
It has been shown, therefore that......

This is my picture

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