Persuasive Writing:The Basics<br />By Ms. M. Hudson<br />Resurrection of Our Lord School<br />
Persuasive Writing<br />Seeks to change an opinion or a stance<br />Seeks to change a behavior<br />May act as a call-to-action<br />Pays close attention to word choice to influence readers<br />
What is your stance?<br />Effective persuasive writing does not “ride the fence.”<br />Decide what your opinion, or position, is and stick to it.<br />The sentence that contains your opinion is called a position statement.<br />The position statement contains the main idea in persuasive writing.<br />
Pros & Cons <br />Pros:<br /> reasons why people agree with a topic (or a position statement)<br />Cons:<br /> reason why people disagree with a topic (or a position statement)<br />Listing pros and cons can help you organize your thoughts and strengthen your argument. <br />WRITING PROCESS NOTE<br />Listing pros and cons is a way to brainstorm or generate ideas for writing.<br />
Gathering Evidence<br />Use supporting details to make your argument strong.<br />Supporting details can be facts, statistics, examples, expert opinions, and / or quotations (stories) from people who share your position.<br />WRITING PROCESS NOTE<br />In the first draft, add supporting details to build effective paragraphs. During revision, review evidence to ensure that it strengthens your position statement. Delete weak evidence. Research again. <br />
Types of Evidence<br />Facts<br />Statements that can be proven<br />The majority of students do not want to wear uniforms.<br />Statistics<br />Facts expressed in numbers<br />A survey of the student body reveals that 90% of students want to change the uniform policy.<br />Example<br />A specific instance, incident, or event<br />Students at Roth High School in New Jersey collected petitions from 1,200 students who want to change the mandatory school uniform policy.<br />
The paragraph must have …<br />A position statement<br /> (main idea; “should” or “should not”)<br />Supporting details<br /> (fact, statistic, example, or expert opinion that supports the main idea)<br />A concluding statement<br /> (summarizes the main idea)<br />
Write Time!<br /> Review your list of pros and cons. Select one pro and write a paragraph that uses the pro to support your main idea.<br />
7D Assignment <br />Write one paragraph about your feelings regarding school uniforms (for uniforms or against uniforms).<br /><ul><li>Brainstorm a list of pros and cons. [PREWRITING]
Decide which position, or stance, you will argue (for uniforms or against uniforms).
Select at least one pro or con – depending upon your stance – to defend in your paragraph.
Write a paragraph that supports that pro or con</li></ul> [FIRST DRAFT]<br />8/23/2010<br />