Home Page

Maylandsea Primary School

Enjoy and Achieve





WALA: rhetorical questions for an introduction.


Last week we looked at instructions, their features and how they were structured.  One of the features we discussed was the introduction, which only required 2 or 3 sentences but that could be improved by adding a rhetorical question.


A rhetorical question is a question that doesn't need an answer; it still needs a question mark however it doesn't require someone to give an actual, specific answer.  If you think about whether the person actually wants an answer; if they don't it is probably a rhetorical question.  They are often used in writing to encourage readers to continue reading.


But why do we use them?  Sometimes it's because the answer is obvious!  On other occasions, it may be to make people think of things they may have not yet thought about ("What would happen to us if we didn't have clothes?").  Or it could be just a different way of saying a sentence ("Don’t you want to help your mother?" may mean, Go and help!)


When writing instructions, a rhetorical question may be something as simple as: "Would you like to make the best ice-cream ever tasted?"

Obviously, everyone who reads the instructions wouldn't actually give you an answer so the question is designed to give the reader something to think about.


There are 2 activities in Resources for you to try:  Please try both parts of Challenge 1 then choose one of the differentiated parts of Challenge 2.  You don't need to print anything off as you are able to write them directly onto paper.