Moss Vale Linkages 2008


ICT Skills
Researching the Olympics
Learning About Persuasive Texts

Learning About Persuasive Texts

Persuasive language and devices

Purpose of persuasive language

Reviews, expositions, discussions, biographies and advertising all require an element of persuasion to achieve their overall "purpose". In these types of texts, authors use a range of persuasive and evaluative devices and language choices to:

  • Provide their opinions on issues

  • Evaluate or give judgements about a topic

  • Give emphasis to an argument

  • Show an issue or item in a positive or negative light

  • Indicate probability, certainty or obligation

  • Stimulate the emotions of the audience

  • Directly appeal to the audience for action

Examples of persuasive languages devices.

  • Refuting opposing views on a topic
  • Rhetorical questions
  • Rhetorical statements
  • Repetition
  • Use of modality
  • Persuasive and/or evaluative adjectives and noun groups
  • Persuasive and/or evaluative adverbs and verb groups
  • Metaphors


Strategies for elaborating arguments.

  • Providing a reason
  • Providing an example
  • Modifying a general statement
  • Reiterating
  • Providing statistics
  • Quoting an expert
  • Citing or referring to research


Effective persuasive devices - further information

Modality - further information

Exposition example

Annotated exposition text type

2nd annotated text

A link to other useful resources


A unit of work using persuasive texts

Stage 4


Learning Federation Objects - Click on the links below to use these interactive resources. They all deal with the use of persuasive text. Alternatively click on the jigsaw picture to go directly to TaLe and conduct your own search.
Cartown Kangaroo

Examples of persuasive texts are also on the WebBoard