DAFOREST techniques grid & activities

Last updated: 28/05/2024
DAFOREST techniques grid
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This supportive resource helps KS3-4 English students to understand the different techniques that form the persuasive acronym DAFOREST with specific explanations and examples to review, learn and apply in their own work.

What's included?

  • Free printable DAFOREST grid PDF
  • Editable DAFOREST grid, cut and stick worksheet, teacher notes and DAFOREST activity ideas (subscribers only).

How to use the DAFOREST techniques activity grid

This useful DAFOREST resource clearly identifies each technique in the acronym and helps students become more confident when integrating these persuasive techniques into their verbal and written responses.

Before handing out the grid, the whole class can collaborate to give a definition of each technique and a relevant example to share with the class. Examples for teachers to use as support have been included.

Students can then write their own examples into the final column and keep them as a reference to consult when planning or completing their work.

Included is a fun cut and stick activity where students cut out the effect on the reader explanations and teacher’s examples and stick them in the correct category for each of the DAFOREST techniques.

Engaging activities for using DAFOREST techniques

Teacher's notes suggest some possible activities to further engage students as they build confidence with these techniques, including:

  • DAFOREST speed debate: Ask students to have a quickfire debate on any topic trying to use as many of the techniques as possible.
  • DAFOREST paragraph: Choose a topic and ask students to write a paragraph, using at least three of the techniques effectively.
  • DAFOREST hunt: Provide a text and ask students to identify and highlight the different techniques used.

A sample extract from this resource:





Effect on the reader

Teacher’s example


Direct address (you)

Speaking directly to the reader using 'you', ‘your’.

Makes the reader feel directly addressed and involved.

"You have the power to transform the world into a better place."



Repetition of consonant sounds at the beginning of words placed together.

Captures readers’ interest and emphasises key points.

"Buy a better, brighter, beautiful future with the best electric car on sale."



Statements that can be proven true.

Gives credibility and authority to the argument.

"Nine out of ten doctors recommend vitamins."



Statements based on personal views or beliefs.

Persuades the reader by making the argument seem more personal, biased or emotive.

"In my view, this policy will truly benefit everyone."

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