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  Emotive language
Updated 22 January 2002, 11.49
Hear'Say
Which emotive words would you use about Hear'Say?

Learning aims
  • Learn and use the term 'emotive'
  • Develop vocabulary by rewriting texts in a more emotive style
Introduction
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.

News stories often choose emotive words to get more of a reaction from the reader.

Read through with the class the story

Ask the class for examples of its emotive language:

  • anxious wait
  • still up in the air
  • crisis talks
  • frustrating
  • bust-ups with Myleene
Main activity
Select a different news story for the class to change into a more emotive text.

A good suggestion is the story

Extension activity
Children replace the bolded 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.

Plenary
Recap on the main teaching points.

Children present their more emotive versions of the news stories.


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