Texts that Argue or Persuade

Texts that Argue or Persuade

Definition of Argumentative and Persuasive Texts

  • Argumentative texts aim to convince the reader of a particular viewpoint by providing rational reasons, evidence, and argument.
  • Persuasive texts function similarly to argumentative texts but can be more emotive, attempting to sway the reader’s feelings or attitudes in addition to their views.

Structure of Argumentative and Persuasive Texts

  • Both text types typically follow a similar structure: an introduction, body and conclusion.
  • The introduction states the position to be argued or the persuasion to be carried out, the body delivers the arguments or persuasive tactics, and the conclusion summarises the points made and restates the initial position.

Language and Tone of Argumentative and Persuasive Texts

  • The language in an argue text is formal and loaded with logical reasoning, backed by solid evidence.
  • Persuasive texts, however, may use emotive language and attempt to connect with the reader on a personal level to influence their feelings.

Purpose and Types of Argumentative and Persuasive Texts

  • These texts serve to convince the reader of a certain point of view or encourage the reader to take a specific action.
  • They can be found in a range of contexts, such as political speeches, advertisements, letters to the editor, and opinion articles.

Analysing Argumentative and Persuasive Texts

  • To analyse these texts, identify the position the author is advocating for.
  • Look for the arguments or persuasive techniques used, and consider their effectiveness.
  • Always check the evidence given in support of the arguments made; question its credibility and relevance.
  • Be aware of any emotional appeals in persuasive texts and consider how these impact the overall argument or persuasion.

Remember, engaging with argumentative and persuasive texts is essential for critical thinking. You must be able to identify, understand and analyse the techniques used within them to form your thoughts and responses effectively.