My Persuasive Writing Strategy Revealed
|Persuasive writing RAFTS method reviewed. It is developed by Nancy Jacobs Vandeventer to structure speech topics in a blink of an eye using strong verbs. This type of formatting a presentation is also useful for authoring persuasive essays or research papers. |
|RAFTS is an easy to remember acronym - four little terms: |
→ Strong Verbs.
The education goals to cultivate your public speaking skills:
a. To understand context, and background facts and figures.
b. To analyze and interpret theories and hot themes.
c. To illustrate your skills of understanding and studying difficult matters.
d. To arrange a group discussion to persuade.
e. For writing persuasive essays and presentations.
I recommend to every high school student to use this structure for their persuasive writing lessons.
1. THE ROLE
First define your role, try to become another person. E.g. Imagine you are an expert, historical figure, critic, polician, et cetera.
Then explore the view points, controversies, theories, and so on of that person. Try to capture the proper tone of voice and a suitable expression of emotions.
2. THE AUDIENCE
Secondly, determine for whom your are talking, what is the audience of your presentation speech? Your class mates, your professor or public speaking instructor, the local community members, your friendly Toastmasters International peers?
Try to make a tie to their world in your introduction text.
3. THE FORMAT
What format or speech outline is required? Or, if you are free to choose, what outline arrangement fits the point you want to make? Motivational, inspirational, informative, chronological, pro-con, et cetera?
4. THE SPEECH TOPIC
Figure out the what, who, where, when, how and why of your speech topics. Test them, and focus and narrow down till you can present an interesting angle.
5. THE USE OF STRONG VERBS
The use of strong verbs will show your general and specific purpose and let the audience know that you appeal to authority. Convince them to agree with your opinion.
Fill in other roles, the heterogeneous audiences, the pattern formats, ideas, and the nouns and duty verbs, and you have your own little rubric for persuasive writing.
An example for writing persuasive essays and oral addresses:
The Role: play an instructor;
The Audience: talk to your class mates;
The Format: problem solution method;
The Topic: how to overcome fear of public speaking for graduates;
The Strong Verbs: motivational spoken wording.