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Title: Persuasive Writing

Persuasive Writing
  • How would you persuade
  • someone to do.
  • ( or not to do )
  • something?

First, some vocabulary
  • Thesis
  • A statement that declares what you believe and
    what you intend to prove
  • Argument
  • viewpoint an attitude of mind
  • support specific and convincing evidence
  • opposing viewpoint the attitude of your

  • You will be given six strips of paper.
  • With a partner, put the strips of paper in the
    order that each element should appear in your
    persuasive essay.

How did you do?
  • Introduction Thesis statement (duh!)
  • Second best reason, minor reasons
  • Opposing argument (hmmmmm?)
  • Opposition is refuted
  • Best reason (finally)
  • Conclusion (double duh!)

Nestorian Order
  • A way to organize a persuasive essay
  • Leads with a thesis declaring position
  • Gives second best reason/minor evidence first
  • Anticipates a counter-argument
  • Addresses/refutes counter-argument
  • Presents best reason/support
  • Ends with a strong conclusion (call to action)

Following Nestorian Order
  • Your introduction should contain
  • A statement of the issue
  • Your position on the issue
  • Your body paragraphs should contain
  • Evidence that supports your argument
  • Acknowledgement of counter-argument
  • Refutes counter-argument
  • Your closing should contain
  • A summary of your key points
  • A call to action or prediction based on the facts.

Why Do I Need To Address the Counter Argument?
  • Addressing the counter-argument shows that
  • you are familiar with your audience
  • you are fair
  • you and your viewpoint have more credibility

Language Features
  • Use mainly the present tense.
  • Use logical and cause and effect connectives.
  • Use emotive language.
  • Use technical language.
  • Try to make opinions sound like facts.
  • Use powerful verbs and strong adjectives.

Some Examples
  • Cause Effect
  • If too many chemicals are used to remove the
    geese, the soil around the school may become
    contaminated and unsafe for students.

Some Examples
  • Emotive language
  • In addition, cheaper chemical methods are toxic
    to geese and can harm humans
  • They produce loud noises that mimic the sounds
    of distressed birds which scare the geese and
    make them think the area is unsafe

Some Examples
  • Technical Language
  • Lab studies show that the ratio of chemicals
    used in this deterrent is far below standards set
    by the Federal Department of Agriculture.

Some Examples
  • Opinions that sound like fact
  • The cost of using chemicals is far too expensive
    for the county to even consider under our current
    budget constraints.
  • Placing decoys on a weekly or even daily basis
    will be too time consuming and not be cost

Some Examples
  • Powerful verbs and strong adjectives
  • Terrifying the geese into thinking they are
    surrounded by a pack of starving wolves will
    ensure the flocks head back to Canada.