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Persuasive Essay Mrs. French English II
What is persuasive writing? Expresses the writer’s opinions Tries to get the audience to do what you want them to Tries to make the audience think what you want them to think.
Your Job as the Author Introduce the issue and state your opinion (claim) Give three reasons to support your opinion (claim) Wrap up your opinion in a conclusion
Introduction (1 st Part of the Essay) One paragraph that opens your paper Gets the reader’s attention Gives background information or whatever you feel is needed ENDS with claim (thesis statement): The last sentence that expresses your opinion
CLAIM STATEMENT (THESIS STATEMENT) Make sure this is a point you can support Be able to tell three reasons why your claim is true This is the last sentence of the introduction -- your paper must support this sentence
BODY (2 nd Part of the Essay) Body of paper will have three reasons to support claim Each reason will become the TOPIC SENTENCE for a paragraph
Your Three Reasons (BODY paragraphs) State your reason The rest of the paragraph will explain the reason (your comments).
Transitions Use transition sentences or words to connect the paragraphs and make them flow smoothly These are important
CONCLUSION 3 rd Part of an Essay One paragraph Summarizes the main ideas in your paper Re-states your claim (thesis)-change wording, but keep meaning Provides closure
FINISHING TOUCHES Format the essay correctly Proofread for grammar, mechanics, and spelling Pay attention to spellcheck Print a clean copy
ORGANIZING PARAGRAPHS Format #1 Begin with your weakest reason and end with your strongest one Advantages? Disadvantages?
ORGANIZING PARAGRAPHS Format #2 Begin with your strongest reason and end with your weakest reason Advantages? Disadvantages?
Which to Use? Both are fine Just NEVER have your main reason in the middle Transition wording should make clear which you are using
REVIEW What do you remember?
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