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The introduction to a piece of persuasive writing has two main jobs:
 To “hook” the reader’s attention.
 To introduce th...
In fact, a well-written introduction to a persuasive piece of writing
should include these elements:
An interesting “hook”...
E. Kissner 2013
Hook
Begin by putting an
idea in your
reader’s mind. Start
with a concrete
image, a quote, or a
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Writing an Introduction: Persuasive Essay

  1. 1. The introduction to a piece of persuasive writing has two main jobs:  To “hook” the reader’s attention.  To introduce the topic of the piece of writing. Persuasive writing is a little tricky because no one really wants to be persuaded. As a writer, you have to be subtle. You need to address your audience and show that you understand the reader’s point of view, while also stating your position clearly. Let’s look at some bad examples of introductions. What do you notice? Position: People should use reusable water bottles Audience: Students Example Why is this a poor introduction? You probably don’t know how bad it is to use disposable water bottles. Plastic water bottles are terrible! Well, you are in luck because I am going to show you all of the reasons why you should use reusable water bottles. Hey you! Yes, I’m talking to you! Step away from the water bottle. Yeah, it looks nice and good, but it’s really terrible. E. Kissner 2013 Writing an Introduction to a persuasive essay
  2. 2. In fact, a well-written introduction to a persuasive piece of writing should include these elements: An interesting “hook” to get the reader’s attention A statement that shows that you understand the reader’s point of view (a concession statement) A clearly stated position Read the introduction below. Find all three parts of a good introduction and label the boxes. Now, you will write the introduction to your persuasive essay. Use the boxes and the lines below to include the important elements. E. Kissner 2013 Imagine 29 billion water bottles, stretched end to end. Would they fill up a forest? A meadow? All of the places that you love? Cheap, convenient water bottles are an easy way to quench your thirst. It might seem simple to just buy a quick water bottle to take on a hike or to a sports event. After all, Americans use 29 billion plastic water bottles each year. But these water bottles are not the bargain that they seem. Cheap plastic water bottles waste resources, create pollution, and cause more problems than they solve. Crafting Your Introduction
  3. 3. E. Kissner 2013 Hook Begin by putting an idea in your reader’s mind. Start with a concrete image, a quote, or a startling fact. Concession Write a sentence or two to show that you understand your reader’s point of view. Position Statement Write your position and your reasons in a sentence.
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Find more resources for teaching persuasive writing in my unit on TeachersPayTeachers: http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Persuasive-Writing-Unit-for-Grades-3-through-5-29083

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