Students look at the emotion-based language in a news story and write their own emotive reports.
- Learn and use the term emotive
- Develop vocabulary by rewriting texts in a more emotive style
Explain to the class that language is called emotive
when it causes people to feel emotional.
If you have just had your new bike stolen then your friends may avoid boasting about how great their bikes are. Bikes are an emotive subject for you after this has happened.
People or organisations often choose emotive words to get more of a reaction from the reader.
Read out this story to the class.
Make a class list of examples of emotive language in the news story:
- in crisis
- dying out
- threats have become reality
- much more consideration
Select a different news story for the class to change into a more emotive text.
A good suggestion is this story:
Students replace the bold words in the headlines below with more emotive words:
1. Man hit by robbers.
2. A hundred slaves killed by soldiers.
3. Argument closes school.
4. Bus seats cut by teenagers.
5. Football fans run onto pitch.
6. Money shortage creates problems for banks.
7. Player hits referee.
Students present their re-written news stories and explain how they acheived the emotive effect.
English / KS 2&3 / En3 Writing
1b. To broaden vocabulary and use it in inventive ways.
1c. To use and adapt the features of a form of writing, drawing on reading.
9c. To persuade, focusing on how arguments and evidence are built up and language used to convince the reader.
The numbers refer to the KS2 National Curriculum Programme of Study for English.
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