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Title: How to write a Persuasive Essay


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How to write a Persuasive Essay
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Introductory Paragraph
  • You need a HOOK 1-3 sentences that will catch
    the readers' attention and make him want to
    continue reading your essay.
  • Question format I.E. "Do you know how much money
    you can save if you follow a few simple steps?
    "A whole lot!
  • Shocking sentence I.E. Smoking kills you!
  • Spend a few extra sentences giving background
    knowledge about whatever it is that you want to
    talk about. Dont get into the meat of the essay.
    Give the audience a concise idea of your
    essays purpose.

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INTRODUCTORY PARAGRAPH
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Remember that the introductory paragraph is
  • The most important paragraph of the essay
  • Needs to do three things
  • Get the readers attention by using a hook
  • Give background information
  • State your position (thesis statement)

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A. Get the readers attention by using a hook
  • The introductory paragraph of any paper, long or
    short, should start with a sentence that hooks
    the interest of your readers.
  • It can be a surprising fact, humor, quotation,
    general statement, question, etc.

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Lets see some examples!
  • Do you think that to improve our schools
    education the students should be required to wear
    uniforms?
  • Golly Gee! Today as I wore my uniform I, all of a
    sudden, started to feel smarter!

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B. Give background information
  • That first sentence leads into two or three
    sentences that provide details about your subject
    or your process.
  • These must elaborate on the hook sentence.

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Lets see an example!
  • Recent studies have said that schools where
    students wear uniforms have higher academic
    performances. Although this issue is very
    controversial schools are starting to follow it.
    Some believe uniforms are not related at all to
    the attention a student might have in school.

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C. State your position (thesis statement)
  • All of these sentences build up to your thesis
    statement.
  • The thesis statement is the most important
    sentence of the essay because the entire paper
    hangs from it.

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Lets see an example!
  • However, if schools want higher performances and
    better behavior students should wear uniforms.

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Now lets see the Introductory Paragraph
  • Golly Gee! Today as I wore my uniform I, all of
    a sudden, started to feel smarter! Recent studies
    have said that schools where students wear
    uniforms have higher academic performances.
    Although this issue is very controversial schools
    are starting to follow it. Some believe uniforms
    are not related at all to the attention a student
    might have in school. However, If schools want
    higher performances and better behavior students
    should wear uniforms.

Topic Sentence
Supporting sentences
Thesis Statement
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PARAGRAPH 1
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Remember that the next paragraph is
  • The one that supports your thesis statement
  • Needs to have three things
  • Topic sentence
  • Supporting information
  • Closing sentence

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First paragraph (Body of the Essay)
  • It explains the reasons stated in the
    introductory paragraph. Gives the reader more
    information about your topic.
  • If your Thesis Statement is
  • However, If schools want higher performances and
    better behavior students should wear uniforms.
  • What 2 aspects are we talking about in the thesis
    statement?

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This is what paragraph 2 should look like.
  • Many educators and sociology experts believe that
    students who wear school uniforms behave more
    appropriately in the school environment. They
    believe that uniforms dictate a stricter
    atmosphere and that students who wear uniforms
    are more likely to follow school rules. Experts
    believe that the mandatory use of standardized
    dress reduces violence within the school. What is
    even better, there is no conflict as in who is
    dressed better than the other. School uniforms
    improve the social outcomes in a school
    environment.

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PARAGRAPH 3 THE OPPOSING POINT OF VIEW!!
  • This is the opposing viewpoint paragraph
  • In this paragraph you must acknowledge the
    opposite side.
  • Rememberperspective!!!
  • For example
  • If you are against an issue think about the other
    side. What do opposers have to say about this
    same issue?

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LETS SEE!!!
  • What was our Thesis Statement?
  • However, If schools want higher performances and
    better behavior students should wear uniforms.
  • Opposing Viewpoint
  • The opposers, who include many educators and
    sociologists, believe that requiring children to
    wear standardized uniforms stifles their
    self-expression. Self-expression is an important
    part of child development and some experts
    believe that curbing it with uniforms can be
    detrimental to a child. Experts also believe that
    students who are forced to wear uniforms will
    only find other, less appropriate ways to express
    themselves, possibly through inappropriate use of
    makeup and jewelry.

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LETS SEE PARAGRAPH 3
  • The same thing will happen with paragraph 3.
  • Look at your Thesis Statement once again and
    support it with another fact.
  • Some say that a child in a school uniform is
    more likely to take school seriously. Putting on
    the school uniform signals he or she is going to
    school just like dad dresses up to go to work.
    Schools report that when students dress in "work
    clothes" rather than "play clothes" they take a
    more serious approach to their studies.

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LAST PARAGRAPH (Conclusion)
  • Each conclusion needs to be stated that is it
    one, so begin by saying "In conclusion," or "As
    stated in this essay,
  • Restate your reasons. Try to make them a word by
    word repeat.
  • Add your strongest supporting idea, to lengthen
    your conclusion paragraph a bit.
  • Restate your thesis.
  • Finish off with a clear command or instruction
    that is related to your topic. An appeal to the
    reader on taking your stand.

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Lets see what it looks like!!
  • As stated in this essay if schools want higher
    performances and better behavior students should
    wear uniforms. Many educators and sociology
    experts believe that students who wear school
    uniforms behave more appropriately in the school
    environment. Some say that a child in a school
    uniform is more likely to take school seriously.
    The opposers, who include many educators and
    sociologists, believe that requiring children to
    wear standardized uniforms stifles their
    self-expression. If parents want to have higher
    academic achievements from their children then
    they should reinforce the use of uniforms in
    school. If I were you I would definitely not risk
    my childs education.

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