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Tips for Writing a
Persuasive Paper
Melinda M. Livas, MS, MLIS, MA
Distance Services Librarian
What is a Persuasive Paper?
• FOR or AGAINST an
issue. (Choose your
position).
• Convince readers to
embrace a particular
...
Topic Selection
You choose the topic
• Topic of interest
• Two valid sides
• Narrow topic
Topic Ideas
• Should college ath...
Time to Brainstorm
Mindomo Bubbl.us
Points about your topic.
4
Thesis Statement
• Clearly explains what you
are trying to argue.
• Include “should” or
“should not” in your
thesis statem...
Thesis Statement example:
Evidence
Subject
Main
Idea
COMPONENTS
Bike riding is beneficial for children, and should be part...
Paper Organization
7
• Introduction- thesis statement.
• Body- all points, (including opposing
viewpoint).
• Conclusion- r...
8
DATABASES
9
EVALUATING RESOURCES
10
CRAAP METHOD
11
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Tips for writing a persuasive paper

  1. 1. Tips for Writing a Persuasive Paper Melinda M. Livas, MS, MLIS, MA Distance Services Librarian
  2. 2. What is a Persuasive Paper? • FOR or AGAINST an issue. (Choose your position). • Convince readers to embrace a particular point-of-view. • Argument should be substantiated by facts, and experts. 2
  3. 3. Topic Selection You choose the topic • Topic of interest • Two valid sides • Narrow topic Topic Ideas • Should college athletes be paid? • Should every student in the U.S. learn a foreign language? • Should smoking be banned in all public areas? • The death penalty should (or should not) apply to juveniles. • Should professors ban smartphones in classroom? 3
  4. 4. Time to Brainstorm Mindomo Bubbl.us Points about your topic. 4
  5. 5. Thesis Statement • Clearly explains what you are trying to argue. • Include “should” or “should not” in your thesis statement. • Facts, or background information. PURPOSE 5
  6. 6. Thesis Statement example: Evidence Subject Main Idea COMPONENTS Bike riding is beneficial for children, and should be part of their daily exercise regimen because it helps them to develop coordination skills. Bike riding. Develops coordination skills. Bike riding is beneficial for children. 6
  7. 7. Paper Organization 7 • Introduction- thesis statement. • Body- all points, (including opposing viewpoint). • Conclusion- restate thesis statement.
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  9. 9. DATABASES 9
  10. 10. EVALUATING RESOURCES 10 CRAAP METHOD
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