Revision tips for Question 6 – Writing to Persuade

For questions asking you to persuade or argue you will always use the key persuasive techniques we looked at during Thursday’s lesson. Watch the two videos below to help you understand how to do well in Section B.

Revision ideas for Question 6

  • Write your own Q6 task and plan how you would respond to it.
  • Create a poster of the features you might find in a persuasive text.
  • Look at a charity leaflet/letter/website and identify how they use persuasive techniques.
  • Write to the Examination Board to persuade them to award GCSEs on controlled assessment grades alone and to stop all examinations. Write six paragraphs and then check your work. What do you need to do to improve your work? Have you used AFOREST? Make those improvements!
  • Here is the opening responding to the following: ‘Write a persuasive article for a teenage fashion magazine about whether following fashion is important’. Rewrite this to create a punchy and persuasive opening paragraph. Remember GAP!

“Whether or not you choose to follow fashion depends very much on you. Some people like to wear whatever is cheapest. Others want things that are warm or practical and others want to look like they’ve stepped off a catwalk or out of a high street shop. Some people just HAVE to be seen in the latest trends, whatever the cost.


Revision ideas for improving your own writing

  • Find synonyms (alternative words) for common words such as said, nice, good etc to vary your vocabulary
  • Produce a list of different connectives that you could use in your writing
  • Go on the following website which will give you a range of strategies to help you learn the spellings you find difficult:

In tomorrow’s lesson we will continue to work on persuasive writing – your homework will be to respond to a Question 6 from a past exam. Tuesday and Thursday we will focus on writing to argue. Next Monday we will spend some time looking at Question 5 before your mock on Tuesday. Keep working hard guys!

Miss O

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2 thoughts on “Revision tips for Question 6 – Writing to Persuade

  1. king fairburn says:

    Who is this home work aimed at exactly? Can we write it to adults, to make their kids try harder or is it aimed at kids to make them try harder?

    • The task gives a statement and then the choice of magazine:‘Life is too easy for young people today. They lack challenges and don’t have to fight for anything.’ Write an article for a magazine of your choice which persuades your readers that this statement is either right or wrong.
      Therefore you choose who your audience is but make it clear to the examiner/me. So you could write it as a young person fighting back aimed at persuading adults that life is definitely not too easy. Or you could write it as an adult aimed at young people stating that you think young people have it easy.
      It’s not the best question but you need to be aware that AQA might ask something tricky like this. Personally, if I were you, I would go for writing as yourself aimed at adults persuading that the statement is wrong. Focus on ensuring it is 100% persuasive!
      Hope this helps.
      Miss O

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