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Writing Persuasive Essays. Purpose The aim of a persuasive or argumentative essay is to:  Analyse a controversial topic  Persuade the reader to agree.

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1 Writing Persuasive Essays

2 Purpose The aim of a persuasive or argumentative essay is to:  Analyse a controversial topic  Persuade the reader to agree with the writer’s viewpoint  Argue that the writer’s point of view is correct  Influence others to agree with the viewpoint presented © Central Institute of Technology 2014

3 Strategies The argument must be supported by:  Facts - from research, observation, personal experience  Statistics - from reliable sources  Quotes - from experts that support the position taken  Examples - provide proof/evidence © Central Institute of Technology 2014 Clipart from Microsoft Office

4 Structure Parts of a Persuasive Essay:  Introduction - an overview of what the essay is about  Thesis statement - indicating the writer’s position or opinion  Body - explaining the arguments to support the writer’s position  Conclusion - summary of points, final statement © Central Institute of Technology 2014 Courtesy of Nuchylee, freedigitalphotos.net

5 INTRODUCTION Background information Definitions Thesis statement BODYParagraph 1Paragraph 2Paragraph 3Paragraph 4CONCLUSIONSummary Final statement Structure of a Persuasive Essay

6 Getting Started 1. Decide on your topic: usually a current or controversial issue for discussion 2. Choose your position: which side of the issue are you going to take and what solutions will you provide? 3. Research your topic: read from a range of credible sources and collect evidence to support your argument 4. Structure your essay: decide on what evidence you will use and the order you will present it © Central Institute of Technology 2014

7 Topics Examples: 0 What are the causes and solutions to eating disorders? 0 How can we decrease youth violence? 0 Should smoking be banned in public spaces? 0 Should students be required to wear uniforms to school? © Central Institute of Technology 2014 www.sxc.hu/profile/adamci

8 Introduction  Gives an overview of what the essay is about  Captures the interest of the reader  Provides some background or context for the reader  Defines any technical terms  Indicates the point of view being taken in the thesis statement (last sentence) © Central Institute of Technology 2014

9 Body The body paragraphs should have:  a topic sentence: this the first sentence and the main point or argument is presented here  support: facts, evidence and examples to reinforce the main point  transition: end each paragraph with a "transition" sentence that smoothly connects to the first sentence of the next paragraph © Central Institute of Technology 2014

10 Conclusion  Signals the end of the essay  Summarises the main points  Restates the thesis statement in different words  Leaves the reader with final thoughts on the subject  Must not contain any new information © Central Institute of Technology 2014 Courtesy of freedigitalphotos.net

11 Editing Checklist  Is the argument clear and consistent?  Does each paragraph have one main idea that is expressed clearly in a topic sentence?  Are all sentences in the paragraph relevant to the main idea?  Does the conclusion summarise the main points? © Central Institute of Technology 2014

12 Finally…  Have you written the required number of words?  Have you checked the punctuation, spelling and grammar?  Have you referenced quotes and statistics in-text using the APA style?  Does your Reference List contain full details of all the resources cited in-text in the APA style? © Central Institute of Technology 2014 Acknowledgement: adapted from a learning guide written by Bev Fasolo


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