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Persuasive Essay


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Title: Persuasive Essay

Persuasive Essay
  • Main Objectives
  • Choose a position on an issue
  • Persuade reader to agree with you
  • Express a strong opinion
  • Support your opinion with reasons and examples

Recognizing Prompts for Persuasive Essays
  • Active verbs choose, agree or disagree
  • phrases propose a solution . . , give/support
    your opinion
  • questions why or why not?
  • Examples
  • Do you agree that funding the arts is the
    governments responsibility? Why or why not?
  • Do you think that the colonization of the moon is
    worthwhile? Explain why or why not.
  • In your opinion, is money the key to happiness?
  • Support your answer with examples and details.
  • Do you agree that schools should require daily
    exercise? Explain why or why not.

Step 1 Brainstorming
  • Use the same brainstorming techniques
  • Listing
  • Clustering
  • Freewriting
  • In addition, set up a balance sheet and list
    each idea on one side or the other.
  • Consider both sides of the issue carefully

Make a Balance Sheet
Side A FOR home-schooling Side B against home-schooling
Negative atmosphere in public schools Impractical (working parents)
Expense of private schools Criticism from others
Can teach to the individual childs interests Parents might not be good teachers
Can teach to the individual childs learning style
Flexible scheduling for family trips, etc.
positive social environment
Choose your position
  • Choose the point of view that is easiest for you
    to defend with the info you have available.
  • Might not be the position you personally favor!
  • Theres no right or wrong position!
  • Its all about how well you present and defend
    your position.

Write your Thesis Statement
  • You cant begin to organize (outline) until you
    know exactly what your position is.
  • Remember your ThSt must clearly and strongly
    express your position on the issue.
  • The ThSt must be arguable.
  • The ThSt should include or be followed by a Map
    of your essay.

Step 2 Outlining
  • Like other essays, persuasive essay should have
  • an Introduction Paragraph
  • at least two Body Paragraphs (three is better)
  • a Conclusion Paragraph.
  • Persuasive essays must also
  • Clearly express writers opinion
  • Clarify the issue for the reader
  • Identify and support strongest arguments for
  • Consider any strong opposing arguments

Sample Persuasive Essay Outline
  • Introductory paragraph
  • A. Hook a device for capturing readers
  • B. Background information to help reader
    understand topic
  • C. Thesis statement clear statement of
    writers position
  • D. Map
  • First supporting argument
  • A. Topic sentence general factual sentence
    introducing paragraph
  • B. Facts, examples, arguments to support, prove
  • III. Second supporting argument (as in II)
  • IV. Third supporting argument (as in II and III)
  • Strongest opposing argument (as in II, III, and
  • Conclusion

Step 3 Write! Writing the Body Paragraphs
  • Two parts
  • Topic sentence tells the controlling idea of
  • Supporting details develop the controlling idea
    in Topic Sentence
  • Describe
  • Define
  • Argue
  • Exemplify
  • Include only your strongest 2 or 3 arguments
  • Build from weakest ? strongest.