OBJECTIVE ??? THIS week and NEXT week, we will study persuasive essay…
What is a Persuasive Essay? -An essay that presents a point of view (argument) and a counter point of view(counter argument) in order to persuade or convince.
First, you need a topic… You will be a given a “prompt” or a topic to write about. Sometimes you will be given a choice of prompts. You will also be told how much time you have and how long your essay needs to be. What do I need to write about?
Next, what will you do with your topic? You need to think it over and decide: Purpose: Why am I writing this? This is a “persuasive” essay, so you are writing it to get somebody to think like you do. Audience: Who am I writing this for? You are writing for an English writing instructor in class or test grade. Therefore, use formal writing. Format: What structure should my essay have? You are usually writing the standard 6 paragraph persuasive essay. Hmmmm…
Choosing a topic !!!! When you select a topic for a persuasive essay,choose controversial and a topic that you have a strong idea about. 1-Is this really a controversial topic? 2-Do I have a strong opinion about the topic? 3-Do I have enough knowledge abut the topic? 4-Do I have personal connection to this topic? 5-Will my readers be interested in this topic? ASK THESE QUESTIONS …
DOUBLE LIST fast food is bad for you. My arguments Counterarguments Cause expensive medical problems cheap High in calories offer salads as a choice Salt raises blood pressure salty food tastes good Easy to eat too often convenient
Now, you have to plan your essay Prewriting: Prewriting: What ideas do I have? Now you have to come up with some ideas by brainstorming, listing, or free writing. First, you think them up and then put them on paper. Organizing: Organizing: What order do I put my ideas in? You can put your ideas in order like top to bottom, or chronological order as in a time line, or in order of importance with the most important idea last so the reader is left with your strongest idea. Checkmate!
PERSUASIVE ESSAY THESIS STATEMENTS CONTAINS; - The topic - The writer’s opinion about the topic FOR EXAMPLE, private gun ownership should be legal because it increases the safety of individual citizens.
What is the structural design of my essay? The design of the 6 paragraph essay is quite simple: 1.The Introduction with your thesis statement telling your side of the issue and the reasons that support your thesis. 2.Your well-elaborated first argument with details. 3.Your well-elaborated second argument with details. 4.Your well-elaborated third argument with details 5. Your counter argument and refutation 6. The Conclusion where you restate your thesis and your 3 arguments with a strong, decisive closing statement. Be a writing architect!
Now you are ready to write! First draft: Since this is the first time you are writing, it does not have to be perfect. The main thing is to get your ideas on paper in the proper essay format. You can do the fine tuning in the final draft. First draft: Since this is the first time you are writing, it does not have to be perfect. The main thing is to get your ideas on paper in the proper essay format. You can do the fine tuning in the final draft. Revision: Now the real writing starts. Stephen King says you don’t start writing until you start revising. Look over your essay for errors, and also for what you can say better than before! Revision: Now the real writing starts. Stephen King says you don’t start writing until you start revising. Look over your essay for errors, and also for what you can say better than before! “I am beyond writer’s cramp.”
And keep writing…then submit it! Final Draft: proofread Final Draft: This is where it all comes together when you get your essay to be as “good as it gets.” But, before you hand it in, proofread it one last time to be sure it’s just the way you want it to be. Then submit it. “There, I’m done!”