The purpose of a text
When you are reading or writing any text think
about the purpose of the text or why it has been
(Remember, a text is any piece of writing.
be a letter, an email, a novel, a poem, a recipe, a note, instructions for
D.I.Y, an article in a newspaper or magazine, writing on a webpage or an
All of these examples can be called
What might the purpose of a text be?
might be trying to persuade you to buy
A letter from school might be to
inform you about something.
A novel might
describe somewhere or someone to you.
manual might instruct you how to do something to
1. In your book explain what a text is.
2. List in your book
list four different types of text and the different purpose each could
Depending on the purpose of the text, different
methods will be used to get the message across to the reader.
A persuasive text is a
text that really wants you to do something
An advert might want you to
You might write a letter to
persuade a friend to go on holiday with
you, or to try and get off a parking ticket.
Persuasive texts might use:
- repeated words
- text in capital letters
- exclamation marks
- rhetorical questions (questions where
answer is needed)
- an emotional one-sided argument
SPECIAL OFFER! Buy today! Would you
want to miss this SPECIAL offer? Phone NOW...
think that you need this holiday. You have been working very hard lately
and are so worn out. Just think of how nice it will be to lie on the beach
in the sunshine."
3. In your book make notes on the sort of language
you can find in persuasive texts.
4. Find an advert on the internet or any example of
a persuasive text. Describe the advert or the text and then write
down examples of persuasive language it contains.
5. Write and illustrate your own persuasive advert
or write your own example of a persuasive text. Do this in your book or
use the computer and then paste the work into your
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