The Art of Persuasive Writing


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The Art of Persuasive Writing

  1. 1. Persuasive Writing <ul><li>To Convince, Persuade, Change Thoughts & Opinions </li></ul><ul><li>How to Use That One Annoying Voice </li></ul><ul><li>Going Through the Writing Process </li></ul>
  2. 2. Transitional Words <ul><li>Transitional words are used to show how ideas are connected. </li></ul><ul><li>Transitions take your reader from one thought to another. </li></ul><ul><li>More importantly, if you don't make connections between your ideas, the reader will probably insert their own thoughts—not always a good idea. </li></ul><ul><li>In persuasive writing, it's important that you lead the reader in the direction you want them to go—don't allow them to make their own connections. </li></ul>
  3. 3. Commonly Used Transitional Words and Phrases <ul><li>Here's a list of commonly used transitional words and phrases: </li></ul><ul><li>and to sum up but because or while consequently although first unlike next while sometimes however surely for instance </li></ul><ul><li>in other words on the other hand </li></ul><ul><li>for example </li></ul>
  4. 4. Let’s Practice Select the most appropriate transition word or phrase for each sentence <ul><li>1. In an effort to cut down on discipline problems, our school has decided to require students to wear uniforms; most students are opposed to the idea. a. of course b. but </li></ul><ul><li>2. Many scholars believe that Amelia Earhardt was one of the most influential people in women's history; others feel that Susan B. Anthony played a more important role. a. unless b. however </li></ul><ul><li>3. The principal added additional detention time for students caught littering the school grounds; the campus became much cleaner almost overnight. a. consequently b. but </li></ul><ul><li>4. The Iditarod can be a grueling race; the dogs sometimes run for hours at a time without a break. a. while b. for instance </li></ul><ul><li>5. Jacob can't seem to get enough sugar, he loves cookies and cupcakes. a. in particular b. similarly </li></ul><ul><li>6. The new highway is scheduled to go through our backyard; we've decided to move. a. therefore b. next </li></ul>
  5. 5. Using Supporting Examples Dude, It’s A Fact <ul><li>Creating a successful persuasive essay requires that you argue facts, not opinions. In order to write a convincing paper you must first establish your facts and then provide statements to support those facts. </li></ul><ul><li>Here are a few examples: </li></ul><ul><li>John loves music. He plays the piano and the flute. </li></ul><ul><li>Jessie loves to read. Her favorite authors are Beverly Cleary and Louis Sachar. She likes to read for at least an hour every night after dinner. </li></ul><ul><li>It is important to read to young children. Research shows that children who are read to from birth until they reach school age, score significantly higher in all academic areas. </li></ul>
  6. 6. Choose the example that best supports the statement. <ul><li>1. Random locker searches create a safer school environment. a. Many knives, guns, and drugs have been confiscated b. lockers are much neater now c. principals often laugh at what they see </li></ul><ul><li>2 . School lunches are among the least nutritious meals served in town a. my favorite lunch is pizza and salad b. I never buy my lunch at school c. nutritionists analyzed an average week's lunches and found them lacking many essential vitamins and minerals, while being loaded with fat and sugar. </li></ul><ul><li>3 . Banning a book is not always the most favorable solution to a problem. a. often, banned books become the most well-read books in school—banning them only causes more students to want to read them. b. Book burning is wrong c. The Wizard of Oz is not like the movie 4 . Children watch too much television. a. cartoons are often very funny b. studies show that the average child watches three hours of TV per day c. our family owns four televisions </li></ul>
  7. 7. Prewriting <ul><li>The purpose of writing a persuasive essay is to influence or change a reader's thoughts or opinions on a particular topic. </li></ul><ul><li>The most successful persuasive writing is always well planned. This planning should include choosing a topic, researching the topic thoroughly, and finally, mapping out the structure of the writing. </li></ul><ul><li>The first step for writing a persuasive essay is to decide what you are trying to persuade someone to believe. </li></ul><ul><li>Is there a compelling social issue you'd like to correct, a situation within your school that you'd like to change, an issue from history that you'd like to address, or maybe even a political condition you'd like to explore? </li></ul><ul><li>The possibilities are endless! </li></ul>
  8. 8. Research It … <ul><li>Good research is critical to a successful persuasive essay. You must have content to back up your claims. Your claims must in turn be well documented and elaborated. Be careful to take detailed notes as you record information that documents both sides of your issue. You will be referring to these notes as you begin to draft your paper. </li></ul><ul><li>You can find facts from a variety of different resources: encyclopedias, newspapers, magazines, textbooks, online interviews, public documents, and face-to-face interviews. </li></ul><ul><li>Once your research is complete, you'll want to begin thinking through your process of persuasion. </li></ul>