Tips for writing to argue or writing to persuade
REMINDERS Paper 1 Section B Time allowed ONE hour 45 minutes – you should spend about 45 minutes on this answer. Tuesday 3rd June, 2008, morning We recommend you avoid the question asking you to write to advise. READ CAREFULLY Go through the choice of questions and underline the argue and/or persuade questions. Keyword the form you are asked to use – letter, article, speech, text for a leaflet, Choose the question which is about a topic you are interested in. NOW WRITE YOUR PLAN Make a list of points you could include. Make a list of devices you could use to get your ideas across. For writing to argue, you could use the following: counterpoint paragraph starters marking the development of your argument case histories in the 3rd person with quotations in the 1st person connectives such as if, although, because, in spite of, devices such as the rule of 3, alliteration, repetition, use of the negative, simile, pun, For writing to persuade, you could use the following: bullet points a slogan avoid mentioning any disadvantages what people say, using the first person – I had a brilliant day! case histories as before devices as before Don’t try any fancy presentation. You are usually asked to write the text only. Accuracy is important in this section. Take care with spelling, punctuation and sentence structure. Use best words too! Your answer is meant to be written in good English. Don’t use slang unless it’s for a special effect.
NOW WRITE OUT YOUR ANSWER IN FULL Remember how important accuracy is. Start a new paragraph for each new idea. Aim to write abot 300 words or 2 sides of your answer booklet. Don’t waste time counting words.