Identifying Devices of Persuasion and Methods of Appeal
Identifying Devices of Persuasion and Methods of Appeal

Directions: Persuasive devices and methods of appeal, such as propaganda techniques are ways in which authors attempt to win readers to their point of views. Becoming knowledgeable about these techniques will enable you to recognize propaganda and to differentiate between strong and weak arguments in a wide range of texts

Here is how you do it:
1. Study the title of skim the passage to get a broad sense of the context

2. Identify facts in the passage. Look for specific names, dates, statistics, and statements that can be provided

3. Try to identify opinions in the passage. Look for assertions, claims, hypothesizes, and judgements

4. Also, look for judgement words that the write users to describe people and events.

5. Consider information provided about the author. Ask: Does the author belong to special interest group, social class, political party, or movement that might promote a one sided slanted viewpoint on the subject?
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