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Writing Persuasively

Review of the basic elements of persuasive writing in Rancho Pico's eighth-grade English
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Christopher Forbes

on 9 May 2012

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Transcript of Writing Persuasively

Next, write a thesis statement that introduces an argument and then gives the two or three main reasons that support it.
Argumentative Writing
Task
Persuasive essays are written to convince
readers of the validity of an argument.
To begin a persuasive essay, first read and understand the prompt
After reading the prompt, brainstorm the pros and cons of the issue and choose a side that will lead to a convincing essay.
The thesis is the last sentence
in the introductory paragraph
and shapes the whole essay.
It should be the first sentence
written after brainstorming.
The introductory paragraph
contains a hook and background
information that lead to the thesis.
The hook is something interesting
that catches the reader's attention.
It can be in the form of a command, anecdote,
interesting fact, or a rhetorical question.
The background gives the reader general
big-picture information about the topic and
makes a smooth transition from the hook to
the thesis statement.
The first body paragraph (second paragraph of the essay) addresses the first reason in the thesis. Make sure you have a good transition in the topic sentence to begin this paragraph. Remember, transitions make the essay flow and keep your reader focused on the argument.
After the topic sentence, include concrete details (facts, specific examples, and quotes) and commentary to support your reasoning.
The second body paragraph (the third paragraph in the essay) explains the second reason in the thesis.
The second body paragraph (third paragraph of the essay) addresses the second reason in the thesis. Remember to keep things flowing.
The third body paragraph (fourth paragraph of the essay) addresses the third reason in the thesis. Make sure you have a good transition in the topic sentence to begin this paragraph. Remember, transitions make the essay flow and keep your reader focused on the argument.
After presenting all of your arguments, you will address counter arguments in your last body paragraph (the fifth paragraph of the essay). Be sure to “shoot down” all counter arguments. Bringing up a counter argument that you don’t address defeats your argument.
Finally, we come to the concluding paragraph, which contains
a brief acknowledgement of counter arguments and restatement of idea in the thesis statement
,
a summary of arguments supporting the writer’s main point
, and
a call to action or request for support.
Be sure to revisit the prompt and revise and edit your essay.
Stop what you are doing now!
I remember the time that I was working in my yard and my dogs...
You don't expect me to go along with that crazy scheme, do you?
Platypuses (or platypi) are warm-blooded animals that feed their babies milk but have duck-like bills, are equipped with venomous spines, and lay eggs instead of bearing live young.
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