Writing to argue - Shawon Notes

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Writing an argument for GCSE English is different from arguing with a friend. You should write a balanced and rational argument, less passionate or emotional than if you were writing to persuade. You should take opposing views into account in your response.

Writing to argue: sample question

Remember: always consider GAPS before planning your response:

  • Genre - this could be a letter, article, formal planned speech etc. You should follow the conventions of the type of writing.
  • Audience - this could be a certain age group, readers of a particular publication, a councillor etc. Use a vocabulary and style that suits them.
  • Purpose - this is an argument so the purpose is to influence the readers views, to change minds.
  • Style - this might be chatty and informal, depending on the audience, or use vocabulary in a particular way.
Question

Write a letter to your Local Education Authority arguing for or against compulsory school uniforms for all pupils.

 

GENRE Formal letter You should think about layout, openings and closings and structure
AUDIENCE A member of the Local Education Authority They'll be a professional adult who you should address in formal tone and style
PURPOSE Influence their decision on the compulsory wearing of school uniform Either for or against
STYLE Formal and measured No use of slang words - you are hoping to influence your audience and be taken seriously.

Genre

The genre is a formal letter. This means you should think about layout, openings and closings and structure.

Audience

The intended audience is a member of the Local Education Authority. This means that they'll be a professional adult who you should address in formal tone and style.

Purpose

The purpose is to influence their decision on the compulsory wearing of school uniform, either for or against.

Style

The style is formal and measured so no use of slang words - you are hoping to influence your audience and be taken seriously.

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