Persuasive writing

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  • Authors attempts to persuade the readers to change their minds or opinions.
  • Example: persuading a child to eat
  • some readers may disagree with you.
  • You need to convince them through persuasive essay.
  • -Understand the opposing side of the issue
    -Observe others’ position about the issue- there are always more than one side of an issue – controversial issues
    Take note of what people are saying about the issue – study them – reflect on them
    Based on what they say, form your own opinion about the issue
    Understand the other side of the argument
    Otherwise, readers may think you are biased.
  • Respect your readers
    Separate person from the idea
    - good ideas and statements may not only come from educated people
    - consider your readers
  • Build a balanced case
    Essay needs to be forceful but nor overwhelming
    mention all the points that you want to state
    throw in one or two not so important points
    argument is fair and balanced
    start by agreeing about something
  • Support your judgments with appropriate evidence and carefully interpret the points or evidence
    Evidence support ideas, judgments, or opinions.
    Persuade using evidenve from reliable sources (published information, statistics, judgements from authorities)
    evidence from experiences and observations are questionable or biased
    Interpret the evidence
    Good interpretation
  • Anticipate readers’ reactions
    Consider how readers might react to the points proposed.
    identify the points which the readers think the weakest.
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