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The word argument brings to mind an animated disagreement between two people, but for your English homework or exams, a written argument is very different.
Writing to argue requires that you Your aim in this kind of writing is not necessarily to 'win' the argument; instead, it is to put forward evidence that is logical and well-considered and which acts to support your point of view and to counter the main alternative views.
The evidence you provide must be both convincing and presented convincingly. Writing to argue and persuade year evidence needs to be convincing but, in an exam situation at least, it does not have to be factual, i.
Importantly, whatever evidence you do use, it must be well considered and reasonable. Remember - whilst you might not agree with an opposing view, that doesn't make it in any way foolish to hold. You will need to take great care indeed to avoid suggesting that those who hold different views are in any way foolish for doing so.
This is such an easy pitfall that catches out very many students. In large part, it is the degree of politeness and tact that you display when opposing other viewpoints that will win or lose your argument - and gain you the most marks!
They are both very similar in as much as they share the same purposethat of seeking to influence. There are differences that will affect the style of your writing if you are to gain the highest marks.
An argument concerns an issue about which people, quite reasonably, hold different views. This suggests that other views are not necessarily wrong - just different. During the process of presenting your argument, therefore, it is reasonable that you should show that you recognise that opposing views exist, not only to hint at what a fair-minded person you are, but to give you the opportunity to counter these views tactfully in order to show why you feel that your own view is the more worthy one to hold.
Persuasion has a more single-minded goal. It is based on a personal conviction that a particular way of thinking is the only sensible way to think. Consider this typical scene in a teenager's life The party is on Friday They're planning a visit to Great Aunt Bertha and know how much she'd love to see how you've grown since your last visit.
Persuading your mum to say yes to the party is your determined goal - because Friday is the deadline and you need an answer now. How to go about it? First, a little calm reasoning 'Everyone from school will be there, mum. It's a social occasion and it'll help me make more friends I can't turn up on Monday the only kid in the class who didn't go!
Now if instead of the above, you had been asked to write an article in the school magazine to present a case for a return of end-of-year school disco The pressure is on in the first case, but not in the second.
A little history will help The Greeks were famous for their teaching and learning as well as their arguing and persuasion.
They called the art of using language persuasively rhetoric and, still today, any use of language that makes it seem more powerful is called rhetorical language.
Two of the world's most famous 'rhetoricians' were Aristotle the student of the famous teacher and philosopher Plato and another Roman teacher called Cicero. The first of these is an appeal to character which they called ethos - hence our term ethical and the second?
An appeal to the emotions which they called pathos - a word we now use to suggest the power to stir sad emotions. By demonstrating your own, or appealing your opponent's sense of what is right and fair, you will create quite a powerful persuasive device, e.
Writing an effective argumentWriting to advise. Once you can argue and persuade, it should be easy to advise. The trick is to be gentle - it's no good pushing your ideas at your readers, or trying to impress them.
Writing an argument for GCSE English is different from arguing with a friend. You should write a balanced and rational argument, less passionate or emotional than if you were writing to persuade. Section B – Writing to Argue or Persuade Question 6 of the English Language exam will be on Writing to Argue and/or Persuade.
This question is worth 24 marks and you should spend around 35 mins. So let’s begin with argumentative writing, or persuasive writing, as many of us used to call it. This overview will be most helpful to those who are new to teaching writing, or teachers who have not gotten good results with the approach you have taken up to now.
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These lessons were created for a brief unit for Year 9 looking at writing to argue and persuade. There are a number of whole lessons with handouts which cover articles and speeches.
There is also a question 5 assessment taken from the KS3 AQA test papers to test their skills in the same format as the new GCSE.