Persuasive EssayHow to write a convincing arguement
What is a persuasive essay? A persuasive essay provides a convincing argument for one to believe something or do something. You can use persuasive language to convince your parents, teachers, siblings, etc. to do things all the time.
Choosing a Topic Choose an issue that is important to you. Ex.School Uniforms, year-round school, censorship. What are some things that you find important that you wish more people did or didn’t do?
Prewriting Research your topic. To complete your persuasion map, you will need to find a goal, three main reasons(your three basic body paragraphs), and three facts or examples to support each main reason(9 reasons examples total at least)
What is a Goal? The goal, or thesis, will be what you are trying to do or say.You will use it in your introductory paragraph. Ex. Students should not be forced to wear school uniforms. The goal is for schools not to have uniforms.
What Are Reasons? Your main reasons, or opinions, will serve as the meat of your essay. Your three main reasons will be used in the three main paragraphs. Ex. School uniforms infringe upon students’ needs for self expression. Because this could not be proven this considered an opinion.
What are facts/examples? Your facts and examples will provide the most convincing part of your essay.You need factual evidence in your body paragraphs convince the evidence in your body to convince the reader. Ex. In a national study among students who wear school uniforms, the average student feels stifled by wearing the same thing every day. Facts like this make your argument seem more reasonable, sound, and ultimately convincing.
Drafting Introdutory Paragraph Hook-statistic imagery, quotation, or rhetorical question. Transition from Hook to Thesis- mention threee reasons of an argument (1-2 sentences) Thesis-goal of your essay
Drafting Body Paragraph 1 Topic Sentence- state main reason 1(the most convincing arguement)Remember to make it convincing. Facts and Examples-(3-4 sentences at least) Conclusion sentence-Refer to main(Restate your opinion in a new way!)
Drafting Body Paragraph 2 Topic Sentence-State main reason 2(the second most convincing argument)Remember to make it interesting! Facts and Examples-(3-4 examples) Conclusion Sentence-Reference to Main reason 2 again.(Restate your opinion in a new way!
Drafting Body Paragraph 3 Topic Sentence-State main reason 3.(the third most convincing argument.)Remember to make it interseting! Facts and Examples-(3-4 sentences) The Opposition-Mention the other side of the argument but then provide a fact or example to refute it.(2-3 sentences) Ex.School uniforms may reduce conflicts over expensive fashions, but isn’t student individuality more important? Conclusion Sentence-refer to main reason 3 again.(express your opinion in a new way!)
Persuasive Strategies Anticipate and answer possible objections-What objections might your audience have to your goal or reasons? Ex.Objection-School uniforms have a one-time cost. Answer-Although students wear the same things everyday students will still, need clothes to wear on the weekends and after school.
Drafting Concluding Paragraph Restate Thesis- Find a new way to say it though! Restate Main reasons-Find new reasons to say it though! Concusion Sentence-Finish your essay with a powerful sentence.Leave the reader thinking so the argument stays with him/her for a long time after reading.
Revising You will use a checklist to check your own draft. Revising will help you organize your thoughts clearly, strengthen your argument with persuasive words , and eliminate unnecessary details.
Transitional Words and Phrases Transitional Words-because ,therefore, thus, however, although, also, similarily, another, besides, furthermore, moreover, better, best, better. Transitional Phrases-as a result, for this reason, in conclusion, in contrast, in addition, for example, above all, equally important, to begin with
Editing How convincing can be an essay be its filled with grammatical and spelling errors? These errors are distracting and take the spotlight off the essay. You will use proofreading marks to correct your draft.
The Do’s and Dont’s of PersuasiveWriting Do use Persuasive Vocabulary. Don’t try to pass off opinions as facts.(If it can’t be proven its only a opinion.) Do use an exciting hook. Don’t start every sentence with the same word. Do remember to always support your three main reasons and goals. Don’t attack the opposition.(This will only weaken your argument.
The Do’s and Dont’s of PersuasiveWriting Do organize your three body paragraphs with the most convincing reasons to least convincing reason. Don’t use personal pronouns like I, me, you, we, etc. Do use transtistional words and phrases. Don’t forget to have fun!