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PERSUASIVE/ ARGUMENT BASED WRITING Being sure your topic is persuasive By Darlene Schaefer
Essential Elements <ul><li>Strong topic </li></ul><ul><li>Has two distinct “sides” to the argument behind the topic </li><...
Topic Ideas <ul><li>Should schools have a technology project requirement for high school seniors? </li></ul><ul><li>Should...
Thesis <ul><li>You start with an implied research question </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Ex:Should students choose virtual courses...
There should be a plausible antithesis <ul><li>Someone can argue “against” you </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Thesis: Because virtu...
There are two sides <ul><li>YOU CHOOSE ONE! </li></ul>
Begin research <ul><li>Internet </li></ul><ul><li>Local library </li></ul><ul><li>Local archives </li></ul><ul><li>Persona...
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  1. 1. PERSUASIVE/ ARGUMENT BASED WRITING Being sure your topic is persuasive By Darlene Schaefer
  2. 2. Essential Elements <ul><li>Strong topic </li></ul><ul><li>Has two distinct “sides” to the argument behind the topic </li></ul><ul><li>Thesis statement takes a side </li></ul><ul><li>Uses research to defend an argument and persuade </li></ul><ul><li>Uses research to discredit the opposition </li></ul>
  3. 3. Topic Ideas <ul><li>Should schools have a technology project requirement for high school seniors? </li></ul><ul><li>Should colleges strengthen their admission standards? </li></ul><ul><li>Should a teen curfew be enforced? </li></ul><ul><li>Should students choose virtual courses to cover their core credits? </li></ul><ul><li>Should athletes be subject to drug testing? </li></ul>
  4. 4. Thesis <ul><li>You start with an implied research question </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Ex:Should students choose virtual courses to cover their core credits? </li></ul></ul><ul><li>The answer you will provide to this question is your thesis </li></ul><ul><ul><li>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. </li></ul></ul>
  5. 5. There should be a plausible antithesis <ul><li>Someone can argue “against” you </li></ul><ul><ul><li>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. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>- 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. </li></ul>
  6. 6. There are two sides <ul><li>YOU CHOOSE ONE! </li></ul>
  7. 7. Begin research <ul><li>Internet </li></ul><ul><li>Local library </li></ul><ul><li>Local archives </li></ul><ul><li>Personal interviews </li></ul><ul><li>Seek out “the experts” </li></ul><ul><ul><li>What are each sources credentials? </li></ul></ul>
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