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Alliteration A stylistic device where the initial sounds of words in sequence are the same, in order to produce an image in the reader’s head Callous, calculating cruelty – this is what we have come to expect.
Commands This is where the writer tells the reader what to do, by using imperatives. This makes the reader feel compelled into action. Don’t just sit there. Join in.
Direct Address The use of pronouns to involve the reader by including them or to make them feel that the writer is speaking directly to them. You can help us make a difference.
Emotive Language This choice of wording appeals to the heart, and convinces the reader to adopt your viewpoint by making them feel a certain way about the topic. Imagine the horror of being cast out into the desolate streets alone, chilled to the bone and terrified.
Expert Opinions These are the views of people who are familiar with or experienced in the topic and are usually people we would trust as being knowledgeable Doctors warn that the obesity epidemic is creating a crisis in the NHS.
Facts This is a statement which is believed to be true and based on research and experience. They show knowledge in the topic under discussion. Children are vulnerable people who need our help and support to develop
Humour This can be used to lighten the mood and will help the writer build a relationship with the audience – this can be ironic or even sarcastic.-Oxymoron There was more life in my popcorn than in this film.
Hyperbole This is used to exaggerate a point and make an issue or topic sound more urgent and important than it really is. While we await the decision, the whole world holds its breath. I'm dying for a cup of tea.
Intensifiers These are adverbial in nature and make the point or topic under discussion sound more impressive and powerful. Your donation could really make a difference to those in need.
Metaphor A stylistic device which describes something as if it is something else, to show comparison of features and is not meant literally He is a walking dictionary My brother is a couch potato
Personal Experience This is where the writer includes their own story about what happened to them in relation to the topic in order to make it more relatable. When I was in high school, I witnessed bullying first hand when my best friend was targeted for no reason.
Personification A stylistic device which gives human qualities to an object in order to help create an image of movement and allow the reader to connect. The traffic lights blinked for us to drive, and the car jumped into action
Repetition This is when a word or phrase is repeated and strengthens the writer’s argument by reinforcing it to the reader. Evil minds will use evil means.
Rhetorical question This is a question where the answer is obvious and is not expected – this is intended to involve the audience by suggesting a viewpoint Must we go through this time and again?
Simile This is a stylistic device which shows a direct comparison using the words ‘as’ or ‘like’ and helps create a picture in the mind of the reader. He is like a serpent.
Slogans (catch phrases) These are sayings which can often be repeated which, when the reader sees the words, will make them associate them with this writer/topic. The taste of a new generation. Just do it.
Statistics These are figures/percentages that make the writer’s argument sound like it is backed up by research and therefore appeals to the head. 80% of all people ignore this simple piece of advice.
Superlatives These are the top form of comparatives, showing that something is the highest/best etc. We form it using adjective + est (or) more + adj. This fundraiser will be the greatest event organised by this college.
Tripling (the power of three) This is when the writer use three things together, either in a list or by repeating the same word three times; it reinforces the message. I ask you, is it fair, is it right, is it just? I say no, no, no!
Accounts The experiences or memories of other people who have been involved in the topic being discussed. This makes the piece more believable/true to the reader. Sarah Jones has made frequent use of the new youth club by getting involved in clubs and activities and making new friends
Created by: GCSE Rhian
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