Read the persuasive letter below. What features of persuasion can you see the writing? Look out for:
- A strong purpose for writing
- One sided opinions (biased)
- Fronted adverbials to begin a new point
- Flattery or an attempt to make the reader feel special
- Emotive language.
You may want to print the letter and highlight each feature in a different colour. Alternatively, you could use sub-headings to list your features.
A Persuasive Letter to Mrs Ebbel
Questions about the text
1. What does 'ostracization' mean?
2. Do you think Mrs Ebbel is a good teacher, why/why not?
3. What is the primary purpose of this text?
4. How do you think Mrs Ebbel would reply to this letter?
5. Do you think Mrs Ebbel will change her behaviour towards Bradley?