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The Persuasive Essay

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Alicja Tamowski

on 25 June 2014

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Transcript of The Persuasive Essay

An Overview
The Persuasive Essay
What is a persuasive essay?
How do you organize a persuasive essay?
Some Tips
Two goals:
1) To convince your readers that your thesis is true and valid
2) To motivate readers to take action
What is a Persuasive Essay?
Introduction (Minimum of 5 Sentences)
How Do you Organize a Persuasive Essay?
Example Persuasive Essay
According to The Merriam Webster Dictionary (2011), plagiarism is the act of "stealing and passing off the ideas or words of another as one's own".
A. Grabber
B. Elaboration: statement and description of the issue to be discussed
C. Thesis Statement: Point of View + Three Main Ideas
Body Paragraphs
A. Topic Sentence (including topic + main idea)
B. Supporting detail (example, statistic, etc...)
C. Statement of Common Ground
D. Statement and Rebuttal of Opposing Position
E. Concluding Sentence
Concluding Paragraph
A. Thesis Restatement
B. Summary of Arguments
C. Provide a Final Thought - Prediction or Recommendation
Potential Topic: Why Students Shouldn't Plagiarize
academic illiteracy
serious consequences
In other words, plagiarism is an act of fraud. Not only does it involve stealing other people's ideas, but also lying about it afterward. Plagiarism most often occurs in the academic world, and generates many negative effects for students, teachers, and even the original authors.
Thesis statement: Students should not plagiarize because it is dishonest, reflects academic illiteracy, and has serious consequences.
Topic Sentence:
Firstly, students should not plagiarize because it is unethical.
Body Paragraph #1
Concluding Paragraph
Some Tips
Thesis Restatement:

Students studying in college and university should avoid plagiarizing because it is fraudulent, demonstrates weak academic skills, and leads to severe personal and academic consequences.

Summary of Arguments:

Students who copy the work of others are simply dishonest and are committing the act of fraud. They also reveal their inability to meet the demands of academic research and writing. Most importantly, students who plagiarize can face failed assignments, course grades, and even course expulsion.

Provide a Final Thought - Prediction or Recommendation:
Interestingly, avoiding plagiarism and all of its negative consequences can be avoided by simply citing. Acknowledging that information has been borrowed and providing the source is usually enough to prevent plagiarism.

Clincher: As the famous American poet Criss Jami (2008) once said, “when you have wit of your own, it's a pleasure to credit other people for theirs.”
1.Take a position. Know your argument and which side you will take. It is very important to know the purpose of your essay before you begin writing.
2.Know your audience! Decide whether they will agree with you, disagree with you, or remain neutral.
3.Research your topic! You must provide SPECIFIC and CONVINCING evidence. Think about going to the library or talking to experts. You will need to go beyond your own knowledge to write a convincing persuasive essay.
4.Test your thesis statement. Make sure that your thesis does not merely present a fact. A good thesis is debatable and has two sides.
5.Disprove the opposing argument. Try to understand contrasting arguments and counter them with evidence. Why? Because it shows that you have done your research and have looked at all sides of the issue.
6.Use facts, statistics, quotes, and examples to prove your argument.

Supporting Detail 1:
Students who plagiarize take credit for work that they did not do. A lot of time and effort is needed to write or create something original. To simply take another person's ideas and claim ownership of them negates all of their hard work.
Supporting Detail 2:
Moreover, plagiarism is the same as stealing. It is morally no better than stealing a car or any other form of property - they both belong to someone else and can't be stolen without serious repercussions.
Statement of Common Ground:
Most people would agree that research takes a lot of time, and synthesizing information from different sources can be a hassle.
Statement and Rebuttal of Opposing Position:

Some students might argue that all words and ideas have likely been said or thought before. Therefore, plagiarism is unavoidable and not dishonest at all. This argument is completely invalid. Indeed, all ideas have very likely been thought of before; however, their sources can often can be located quite easily with a little research. When the object of essay writing is to prove a point of view with examples, facts, and statistics, there is no reason why even "common sense" ideas can't be cited properly.
Concluding Sentence:
Therefore, plagiarism should be avoided because it is a form of academic dishonesty.
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