Persuasive Language Techniques Quick Guide

Grade Levels: 7-10
File Type: PDF (7 MB, 28 pages)

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Looking for a useful tool to help students learn different persuasive language techniques? This Quick Reference Guide contains 23 commonly-used persuasive techniques in one double-sided page.

Perfect for persuasive speeches, persuasive writing and analysis, the guide provides definitions and examples at your fingertips!




What techniques are covered?

  • Ad hominem attack
  • Alliteration
  • Analogy
  • Anecdote
  • Appeal
  • Attack
  • Cliché
  • Emotive language
  • Evidence
  • Exaggeration
  • Expert opinion
  • Generalization
  • Inclusive language
  • Irony
  • Metaphor
  • Pun
  • Reason and logic
  • Repetition
  • Rhetorical question
  • Ridicule
  • Satire
  • Simile
  • Tone



Quick Guide (2 pages):

  • Double-sided single-page handout containing 23 persuasive language techniques in alphabetical order
  • Definitions of each term in plain language
  • Example of each technique in use

ACTIVITY 1 (4 pages): PLT worksheet

  • Contains all 23 techniques, with space for the student to write down their own example or add one they’ve sourced from a text or newspaper
  • PLT worksheet digital version (4 pages) – students can type directly into the fields

ACTIVITY 2 (16 pages): Mix-n-match the term and definition

  • Contains all 23 techniques – designed to get students out of their seat and moving around the classroom. Can be completed in teams or individually
  • Simply print, cut (cutting guides included) and use
  • Game ideas included

ACTIVITY 3 (2 pages): Word search

    • Contains all 23 techniques – great for reinforcing spelling and memory, and handy to give to early finishers!
    • Answer sheet included


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