Persuasive writing

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  • 1. PERSUASIVE/ ARGUMENT BASED WRITING Being sure your topic is persuasive By Darlene Schaefer
  • 2. Essential Elements
    • Strong topic
    • Has two distinct “sides” to the argument behind the topic
    • Thesis statement takes a side
    • Uses research to defend an argument and persuade
    • Uses research to discredit the opposition
  • 3. Topic Ideas
    • Should schools have a technology project requirement for high school seniors?
    • Should colleges strengthen their admission standards?
    • Should a teen curfew be enforced?
    • Should students choose virtual courses to cover their core credits?
    • Should athletes be subject to drug testing?
  • 4. Thesis
    • You start with an implied research question
      • Ex:Should students choose virtual courses to cover their core credits?
    • The answer you will provide to this question is your thesis
      • Because virtual education allows for students to work at their own pace, enroll in courses that may not be available in a face to face school, and enhances the educational experience with technology, students should choose virtual courses as a means to achieve core credit.
  • 5. There should be a plausible antithesis
    • Someone can argue “against” you
      • Thesis: Because virtual education allows for students to work at their own pace, enroll in courses that may not be available in a face to face school, and enhances the educational experience with technology, students should choose virtual courses as a means to achieve core credit.
    • - Antithesis: Because high school students struggle with self-motivation, may not have consistent access to technology, and lose the bond between a face to face student and teacher, students should not choose virtual courses as a means to achieve core credits.
  • 6. There are two sides
    • YOU CHOOSE ONE!
  • 7. Begin research
    • Internet
    • Local library
    • Local archives
    • Personal interviews
    • Seek out “the experts”
      • What are each sources credentials?