Persuasive  Writing


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How to Write a Persuasive Essay

by Jesse Seldess, Professional Writer


When writing a persuasive essay, your purpose is to convince your audience to embrace your idea or point of view. Keeping this purpose in mind is the key to writing an effective persuasion.


Essential steps for writing a persuasive essay:


  1. Identify your main idea or point of view. Your purpose will be to persuade your audience to accept this idea or point of view.
  2. Identify your audience. To write an effective persuasive essay, try to understand your audience. For example, are your readers undecided about your issue? Or are your readers hostile to your point of view?
  3. Considering your audience, identify the strongest supporting points for your persuasion.
  4. Identify the most significant opposing view. Explaining and then refuting the opposing view strengthens the credibility and scope of your essay.

How to organize your persuasive essay:



  • Your introduction should hook your reader's attention and provide background information on your topic or controversy.
  • The paragraph should end with a clear statement of your main idea or point of view.

Body paragraphs


  • Your body paragraphs should present the points in support of your main idea.
  • Each body paragraph should focus on one point.
  • Be sure to provide evidence or examples for each point.

Opposing view


  • After presenting your supporting points, develop one paragraph to accurately explain and then refute the most significant opposing view.



  • Creatively restate your main idea and supporting points.
  • Try to leave your audience even more connected to your topic and persuaded by your main idea or perspective





DIRECTIONS:  Follow the directions below and write a persuasive essay.  The essay will be due by the end of the hour on THURSDAY.  You may turn in the essay earlier if you wish.



Persuasive Writing Assignment



Write a FIVE or more pararaph persuasive writing using the guide that you have been given. Your topic will be that Keota High School should allow students to miss up to 18 days a semester without failing.   Make sure that you have a minimum of grammatical mistakes.  The writing is due on Thursday…no later!  It is worth 200 points and equals a test grade.  Your audience that you are trying to persuade will be Mrs. Morris, Mr. Akins, and the board of education.   REMEMBER YOU WILL DO A BETTER JOB IF YOU USE FACTS INSTEAD OF OPINION.  HAVE AT LEAST TWO OR MORE FACTS TO BACK UP YOUR POSITON.  REMEMBER, YOU GOAL IS TO PERSUADE USING RATIONAL THOUGHT.  REMEMBER, IF YOU USE ANYTHING THAT YOU FIND ON THE INTERNET YOU MUST CITE THE SOURCE OTHERWISE YOU HAVE USED THE MATERIAL WITHOUT PERMISSION--THAT EQUAL OF FAILING GRADE.


Things that will lower your grade:  (THE GRADING RUBRICS THAT I WILL USE)


          Less than 300 words in length will reduce your grade by one letter.

          Too many grammatical errors will reduce your grade by one letter.

          Poor penmanship—if I can’t read it, I can’t grade it!!!!

          Obvious lack of planning,  If you do not have a plan page, I will not grade your paper.

          No logic.  IF your paper doesn't make sense, then it can not persuade.

          Not geared to the audience for which you are writing.


          Use good word choice---use higher level words.  I expect you to use words that a high school student should know.












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