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Persuasive Writing Unit

swbat: compose a persuasive essay

Monica Smith

on 12 February 2015

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Transcript of Persuasive Writing Unit

What is persuasive writing or what does it mean to persuade?
What is the point or role of an introductory Paragraph?
-The introductory paragraph sets the tone and direction for the entire essay.
What are the 6 parts of an essay?
Concluding Paragraph
Body Paragraphs
-The purpose of a body paragraph is to develop and prove the thesis.
The Steps to Writing a Successful Persuasive Essay
Persuasive Writing
Persuade (v): Cause someone to do something through reasoning, emotions or argument.
The art of persuasion can be seen anywhere.....
There are 3 parts to an introductory paragraph:
1. Hook or Attention Getter (3-4 sentences)

2. Thesis Statement
(1 sentence)

3. Essential Background (3 sentences)
"Hook" or
Attention Getter:
1. "Hooks" the reader's attention.

2. Must be more than one sentence.

3. Types: Quote, statistic, fact, definition or anecdote
(1st sentence)
Essential Background:
1. Gives a brief history or synopsis of the issue at hand.

2. Appeals
1. Logical
2. Emotional
3. Moral

3. Should be no longer than 2 sentences.
Thesis Statement:
1. This is a statement of your
or the
you plan to prove.
2. The
main idea
of the essay.
3. Must be written right
the "hook"
1. Topic sentence with

2. Evidence/example

3. Explanation/commentary

4. Evidence/example

5. Concluding sentence
Topic Sentence With Transition
1. This is a sentence that introduces your reader to the main idea discussed in that paragraph.

2. Your sentence must start with a
transitional word or phrase

-first, to begin with, in
addition, furthermore

3. The main idea for your paragraph comes from your
thesis statement
1. Detail, fact or example to back-up your main idea

2. Can also be a quote or paraphrase.
1. Ideas from your head (looking under the surface)

2. Expand and explain your evidence.
Concluding Sentence
1. Rephrase the topic sentence.
2. Use a transitional phrase, such as:

-"unquestionably", "to be sure", "as one can see"
Counter Argument
1. This type of argument opposes your thesis.
2. It expresses the view of a person who disagrees with your position.
Why Counter?
1. A counter argument shows that you have considered all aspects of the issue......It's a sign of respect

2. The counter argument should be in the 5th body
1. In order to show your 'mad skills' of persuasion, you must refute the counter argument.

2. This means you must prove that the C.A. is incorrect.
Counter Argument Phrase
1. The counter argument and rebuttal would be considered a topic sentence:

One might argue that.........................however,
1. Restate thesis

2. Connect message to life/world/people

3. Ask for support
Connect Message
-Revisit Hook

-What is the theme?
Ask for Support
-Clearly this issue is the correct choice to make.
What is the writing prompt
asking you to write about?

Types of "Hooks"
Introduction Paragraph
How To Write a "Hook"
Editing & Revising
(adding Transition)
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