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Thursday 19th November

LC: To use identify techniques for persuasive speech

As we have spoken about over the last couple of days, persuasive writing or speaking is an attempt to make the reader or audience to think in the same way as we are thinking. 


In order to do this successfully, we need to consider different techniques that will help us to influence the reader or audience. 


Yesterday, you looked at a persuasive letter about a Year 5 school trip and you attempted to find some of the techniques used. I discussed that FLATTERY can be a powerful way to be persuasive. 


Speeches are another way in which a person or group of people can try to persuade others. We are going to look into this today. 



Before we do that, have a close look at the different techniques that we can use in order to be... 


superlatives and comparatives?

(biggest.. greatest… most amazing… more exciting than…utterly fantastic…)


second person address?

(You will be amazed when…. You really should….)


rhetorical questions?

(Why don’t you try it? What are you waiting for? Have you ever…?)


patterns of three?

(disastrous for you; disastrous for your family; disastrous for life on earth)


emotive or exaggerated language?

(our planet is dyingthe earth is begging for your help…)


vivid imagery?

(Beijing is being swallowed by a thick black cloud of pollution.)


repetition of key words, points and ideas?

Do it for your community, do it for your family, do it for yourself


a variety of sentences for effect?

Simple and dramatic = There will be no more fish.

Compound = Plastic is harming fish and also harming sea birds.

Complex = We are not only killing the fish; the poisoned fish that are left are killing us.


a variety of tenses and verb types as appropriate?

Present perfect = Have you ever wondered…?

Present simple = I am really worried about the planet.

Future forms = What will happen to the next generation?

 How are we going to solve these problems?

Past simple = For most of our history, people didn’t drink bottled water.

Modal verbs = We should do this. People ought to take more care. The planet might die.


personal references or anecdotes?

(I couldn’t see across Tiannanmen Square, the pollution was so bad.)


evidence, examples  and/or statistics?

In London in 1952, four thousand people died in a few days due to the high concentrations of pollution.


humour to get the audience on your side?

Don’t get me wrong. I’m as lazy as the next guy.



I would like you to watch the following speech by Martin Luther King on the 28th August, 1963. This extremely famous speech was later dubbed the, 'I Have a Dream' speech and was watched by millions of people all across the world. 


Martin Luther King delivered his speech at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington DC to a crowd of about 250,000. It was during the height of a Civil Rights movement in the USA and King led the movement. 


The speech is extremely emotive and persuasive. I would like you to watch it and see if Martin Luther King uses any of the techniques that we looked at earlier. You do not need to record anything in your book for today's lesson but you must watch the video and think about how King delivers his speech.


If you are learning from home, we will be discussing this when you return to school. 



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