What’s a persuasive essay?A persuasive essay holds hand of logical and reason to convince people that oneidea is more legitimate than another one. It attempts to persuade the reader toadopt a certain point of view or to take a particular action. The thesis statementneeds to be supported by strong and solid evidence by stating facts, givinglogically argumented reasons, using examples, and quoting experts.
Watch the movie scene and answer the questions:What are the similarities between a debate and an academic writing?What are some steps you should follow when you debate or write a persuasiveessay?
What else do you need to do in order to plan an effective persuasive essay?1- Choose your position, Which side of the issue are you going to write bout?Where do you stand? Know the purpose of your essay.2- Prepare yourself by researching your topic. A persuasive essay must providespecific and convincing evidence. Often it is necessary to go beyond your ownknowledge and experience.4- Stucture your essay.Figure out what evidence to include and in what order youwill present.3- Read and be well informed about your topic. Use different media to researchand add your own knowledge of a topic, read thoroughly about it.
4- Test your thesis statement. It has to be debatable. If you can think ofanother thesis directly opposing your own, youve nailed it.5- Support your position with evidence. Remember that your evidencemust appeal to reason.6- Disprove the opposing argument. Understand the opposite viewpointof your position and then counter it by providing contrasting evidence orby finding mistakes and inconsistencies in the logic of the opposingargument.7- Be courteous. Acknowledge the opposing point of view and stateyours politely.
Memory challengeHow many of the tips can you remember?
Watch a second scene and notice which different ways the debaters use to supporttheir arguments:( ) Facts( ) Statistics( ) Quotes( ) Examples
Debate time –What will life be like 20 years from now? Make notes of yourpredictions for each of the areas listed below. (Workbook page 72)TextbooksYears of required educationTeachersSubject studiedUse of internetClassroomsHomework
I believe there will be major changes in education in the next twenty years.Student A: You agree with the statement Student B: You disagree with the statement.Make a list of as many reasons as you can that will support your side of the argument.Try to antecipate some of the points your opponent will make.Study the rules for the debate.Students C and D. You are the judgesListen to the two sides debate the topic. Your role is to agree with one side or another,but decide wich side argued better – based on the rules for the debate. Take notes asyou listen to the two sides.
Rules for the debateState each reason in your argument clearly. Use facts or other data to support yourpoints.Do not go over the time given to speakDon’t introduce ideas ramdomly. When you offer a rebuttal, make sure that it’s linked tosomething that your opponent said.At the end of the debate, summarize your arguments briefly.