Persuasive essay<br />Think of topics that we could persuade people to believe<br />
First decide on the purpose of your essay<br />Persuade someone to agree with you on an opinion or argument<br />Change someone’s mind about something<br />Urge someone to act<br />
How to select a topic and develop a thesis: <br />Choose a topic. <br />Narrow the topic. <br />Write a thesis.<br />
How to choose a general topic for your persuasive essay:<br />Consult the list of topics we created. <br />Pick an issue or subject that you REALLY care about. <br />Do you feel passionate about this topic? Do you care about it?<br />Pick something that is extremely controversial. <br />Are there two sides to the topic?Is there a reason to persuade people to think a certain way about this topic?<br />Pick something for which there is evidence (facts). <br />Can you find sources? (in the high school library? the public library?)<br />Pick something that your audience will be interested in hearing. <br />Pick something that is not overdone.<br />Example: Year round school.<br />
How to go from a general topic to a narrowed topic:<br />Decide whether you are for or against your issue. <br />Why do people need to be persuaded about this topic?<br />Put your topic in a question form and answer it. <br />Usually this question will begin with the word "should" and can be answered with a "yes" or "no."<br />Example: Should the school year be extended year round? YES!!!!!<br />
How to go from a narrowed topic to a thesis:<br />(The thesis is the main idea of your speech/paper. It is the point you are going to prove.) <br />Reword your question into a statement. <br />If you want to, include your best support or an overall phrase about your ideas.<br />Make it unique - it will make your topic more interesting and fun.<br />Example: To ensure that students get the best education, the school calendar should be extended year round.<br />
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