Persuasive writing is writing that tries to convince a reader to do something or to believe what you believe about a certain topic.
It takes a position for or against something.
Persuasive Writing can be used to…
Persuasive writing follows a certain format:
BODY where the argument is explained
CONCLUSION where main points are summarized and reviewed and the reader is left with something to think about
DOS and DON’Ts of Persuasive Writing:
What makes an good introduction?
It grabs or “hooks” the reader’s attention by using one or more of the following strategies:
- An anecdote or scenario
- A quotation
- An interesting fact or statistic
- A question
It tells how the writing will be organized.
The author’s position is clearly stated in a thesis statement
Good strategies used in introductions:
- Use an Anecdote/ Scenario The writer provides a personal experience or made-up situation to introduce the position.
- Questioning The writer asks thought-provoking questions to capture the reader’s interest.
- Interesting fact or statistic The writer gives an interesting piece of information to grab the reader’s attention.
Lets Take A Look….
You Could Start with a Riddle!
You Could Begin with a Strong Statement:
Fast food consumption has risen 500 percent since 1970 and today reaches nearly every part of society, including some public school cafeterias.
You Could Open with a Fact or Statistic:
Thirty percent of the children in the survey ate fast food on any given day during the survey, and they ate an average of 187 calories a day more than those who did not eat fast food. These additional calories could account for an extra six pounds of weight gain per year, according to Ludwig
You Could Open with a Question:
Next: Creating a Thesis Statement
Let’s use fast food as an example again.
Fast food…(3 Discussion Points)
- rapidly increases weight
- causes high blood pressure
- leads to sluggishness
Writing the Thesis Statement
THREE MAIN FOCUS POINTS
COMPLETED THESIS STATEMENT
Look at this!
Three Supporting Paragraphs:
You’ll Need to Show “The Other Side…”
Conclude or End Your Essay…
What makes an good conclusion?
- Call the reader to action
- Anecdote or scenario
- Make a Prediction
Strategies for Conclusions
Review: The Persuasive Essay:
- A Catchy Title
- Introductory paragraph with a “hook”, three main arguments and a thesis statement.
- One paragraph for each of your three arguments.
- Address the “counter-argument”
- Closing paragraph that re-states your thesis and challenges the reader to think about it.
- Make sure to read over your work and edit for mechanics and spelling.
- Write neatly!
- Include detail and great vocabulary.
- Follow proper format: Proper heading and skip lines!
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