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Persuasive essay tutorial

  1. 1. Persuasive EssayHow to write a convincing arguement
  2. 2. 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.
  3. 3. 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?
  4. 4. 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)
  5. 5. 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.
  6. 6. 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.
  7. 7. 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.
  8. 8. 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
  9. 9. 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!)
  10. 10. 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!
  11. 11. 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!)
  12. 12. 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.
  13. 13. 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.
  14. 14. 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.
  15. 15. 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
  16. 16. 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.
  17. 17. 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.
  18. 18. 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!