The Language of Persuasion: an essay-writing guide

2015 orange workbookStudents in Years 11 and 12: Area Study 2: Analysing and presenting arguments
Unlocks the key to A+ essays
ISBN: 978-0-9924942-1-6/$22.95

The workbook, consists of paragraph and essay plans, which:

  • help students identify the persuasive tactics that are critical to the author’s argument;
  • encourage insightful responses by focusing on an author’s strategic words and their implications;
  • help students recognise a cluster of interrelated techniques or those with a common purpose; and
  • show students how to write comparative essays; students will use the first text as a base from which to compare similarities and differences in other texts.


  1. Follow the Orange Workbook Tasks
  2. Please see the Difference between a C+ (textbook-style essay) and our A + essay
  3. Please see a student’s paragraph before and after using our workbook
  4. For student and school support, see our lesson plans and “turn to exercises”.
  5. See Key Strategies for a “guided tour” of the updated essay-writing workbook.
  6. See Slideshow for an overview.
  7. See Lesson Plans (that help students systematically work through the exercises and gain the requisite skills)
  8. See Now Turn to Exercises (consisting of sample student responses, guided assistance and “suggested responses”.
  9. See School Support: Years 11 and 12 for a list of the resources to support this workbook.
  10. See our post on the difference between an A+ and an average essay; also “Tackling an essay on a persuasive text”.

The English Works Pack ($100): Includes:

  • a copy of each of the five workbooks (Techniques of Persuasion, The Language of Persuasion: become an expert; The Language of Persuasion: an essay-writing guide; Better Essays and Persuasive Techniques and Clear Writing: language and grammar);
  • the CD-Rom support kit with extensive support material
  • $10.00 postage.

    “Using the English Works language analysis workbook in Year 11 at school really helped me turn the corner. Building on these skills I went from averaging C’s and D’s in my essay-writing during Year 11, to an A+ student in Year 12. I even duxed English at Blackburn High School!” (Nathan, (42) Blackburn High School)

    Teacher’s or Tutor’s Pack: (5 copies of The Language of Persuasion: an essay-writing guide) $50.00 (free postage)