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Writing to Persuade

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How can you structure and plan a Writing to Persuade text?

1. Before you begin writing a text you must always plan it. Take 5-10

minutes to collect your ideas and form a coherent plan. By doing this you can

organist your thoughts and prevent unnecessary repetition.


2. Use the helpful acronym GMAPS to help you plan your Writing to

Persuade text. Each letter represents an important aspect you must consider

to write a successful argument.


⇒  G = Genre

⇒  M = Mode

⇒  A = Audience

⇒  P = Purpose

⇒  S = Style

Step 1: GMAPS, The Very Useful Acronym.


GGenre This refers to what type of document it is:
1. newspaper article, formal letter, email, written speech
M Mode This refers to how the document will be delivered
1. Will it be spoken to someone (planned speech)
2. Will it be read (newspaper article, email, letter)
AAudience Who is the text aimed at? Who will see, read or hear it?
1. adults, teenages, school children, teachers,
professionals, politicians, mothers, friends, strangers
P Purpose  What is the point of the text?
As a persuasive text it is to persuade people to your opinion
on a subject.
What is its specific purpose?1. positive, negative, inform
S Style Is it a very formal text?
Is it chatty and casual?
How will this be reflected in your choice of vocabulary


If you consider all of these points when planning you give yourself the basic

framework for a successful persuasive piece. In exams these types of plans

are very useful as they are quick to make and easy to refer back to. Below

are some suggestions as to how you could construct a  GMAPS plan:




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