Persuasive Essay-WritingPossible ideas: • We need ten new commandments. • “Pupil Councils” are a sham. • School sports teams should be abolished. • Most real education occurs outside school. • Most bullying in school is committed by teachers. • Alcohol should be categorized as a Class A narcotic. • Public transport should, like health-care, be free to everyone. • Competitive reality TV shows are corroding our society. • Children under fifteen should not have Facebook or Twitter accounts. • Religious belief is never a justification for legislation. • CCTV should be used in schools. • All WiFi should be free. • Understandable grading is a necessity of education and qualifications. • Inherited wealth is unfair and should be abolished. • Torture is sometimes a necessity for national security. • No work of literature should ever be banned. • Pupils should be allowed to grade their teachers. • More school time should be given over simply to reading. • Current economic policies threaten to break up families. • Pessimism should be a punishable crime. • Political manifestos should be legally binding.A persuasive essay should: • persuade the reader to agree with the purpose or point of view of the writer. • usually concern itself with a single topic or issue. • carry a clear sense of conviction - the writer must be persuaded that what they are saying is important if they are seeking to persuade someone else. • make effective use of a number of persuasive techniques.An SQA examiner commented:Discursive/ Persuasive writing in the top category will be characterized by a strong sense of
engagement with the ideas/ issues and a sophisticated understanding of them. The line of thoughtwill be subtle and sustained.