The following worksheets will teach your students about the different types of Persuasive Language.

One use of writing is to persuade readers to adopt a particular course of action or way of thinking, and there are many tools an author can use to achieve this. This collection of activity sheets will give your students practice in classifying and using the different types of Persuasive Language. Please Note: While answer keys have been provided for each activity sheet for instructors, in some cases, your students’ answers will vary.

Fun Fact: The art of Persuasive Language and speaking, known as rhetoric, has been formally taught since 600 BC! It began in Ancient Greece with the Sophists.

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Anatomy of a Persuasive Essay

1. Circle the lead. 2. Underline the position statement (thesis). 3. Double-underline each main point. 4. Circle the concluding statement.

Introductory Paragraphs

Read each introductory paragraph. Determine what each of the following paragraphs will be about.

Paragraph Work

Based on each introductory paragraph, determine what each of the following paragraphs will be about.

Persuasive Essay Analysis

What was the topic of the first paragraph? Was it effective? Can it be improved? If so, how? Does the second paragraph effectively prove the writer's assertion?

Persuasive Techniques in Political Speech

The passage below is from the speech given by John F. Kennedy at his inauguration in 1961. Read the passage. Then, on the back of this page, Find an example of the following persuasive techniques: 1. Anaphora 2. Credibility 3. Figurative Language

Identifying Persuasive Techniques

Identify the kind of persuasive language being used in each of the advertising slogans below.

Persuasive Technique

Identify the persuasive technique used in each statement below.

Identifying Persuasive Technique

Circle the type of persuasive technique used in each statement.

Persuasive Techniques in Political Speech

The speech below was made by President Franklin Delano Roosevelt on 8 December, 1941, the day after the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor, HI. Read the speech. Then fill in the table.

Page #2

Go on to the second page of the above worksheet.

Persuasive Language Techniques

For each of the following situations, write your own sentence(s) using persuasive language techniques. Use a different technique for each sentence, and identify the techniques you use.

Persuasive Leads

A lead (attention getter) for an argument or an essay can take different forms: a. anecdote - tell a short story (1 - 4 sentences) related to your topic. b. question - ask a question that pushes the reader towards your position. c. surprise - lead with an unbelievable fact that will make readers want to learn more.

Practice Your Powers of Persuasion

For each of the following sentences, write your own sentence using persuasive language techniques. Use a different technique for each sentence, and indicate the technique you used by writing it on the line.

Using Persuasive Techniques

For the following situations, write your own sentence using each of the persuasive language technique indicated.

Persuasive Leads

Take a position on each of the following topics and create a lead for a persuasive paragraph.

Identify the Persuasive Technique

Match each advertising slogan with the kind of persuasive technique being used. Write the name of the technique on the line.