Presentation on theme: "Mr. Terry. The first step to writing an essay is knowing what type you are going to write and making sure that you understand how that particular type."— Presentation transcript:
The first step to writing an essay is knowing what type you are going to write and making sure that you understand how that particular type is written. Some of the types are similar, but not so much that they should be confusing. The persuasive essay is as easy to discern as the title suggests. The duty of a persuasive essay writer is to decide on the side of an argument that they wish to promote and give the reader every reason to agree with them. In learning how to write a persuasive essay you have to understand the topic, know your audience, and then structure the essay itself in such a way as to make that group amenable to your side.
You must choose a side. If you do not understand what the argument is about and you do not have a set position of your own, it is going to be very difficult to convince someone else that they should agree with the opinion that you are giving. Therefore, extensive research is important. Even if you have a strong opinion one way or the other, you will want to conduct the research to back up what you are saying. Your essay needs the credibility that a strong research base will give it.
Generally there is an audience involved that has specific opinions about the topic also. Some topics are very hot bed issues and it will be difficult to change an opinion. It is possible to do this though. Research is a great boost. If you have facts and figures that support the side that you have chosen, the audience will read more attentively. The audience may have someone that they particularly look up to also. To have quotes or a lead in by this person is a great way to begin the discussion. Learning how to write a persuasive essay will make you make you much more able to persuade a group as to your side of an issue. Here is a some tips about creating a great introduction for a persuasive essay
Carefully read the topic and choose a side! Create a Graphic Organizer to review each side’s arguments. Topic: Should vending machines be allowed in schools?
The Motivator- The opening sentence which is designed to grab the reader’s attention and encourage them to read on. Types of Motivators: 1.) Use a quote from a famous person. 2.) Introduce a short and up-to-the-point anecdote. 3.) Use a first statistic or fact for the first sentence. 4.) Use a rhetorical question for the first sentence.
Linking Sentence- A sentence that will link your Motivator to your Thesis. This sentence helps the Motivator flow into the Thesis. Example: 75% of students love to drink soda. It is very delicious and not really that bad for you. Therefore, Soda Vending machines should be allowed in schools.
Thesis Statement- a proposition stated or put forward for consideration, esp. one to be discussed and proved or to be maintained against objections. a subject for a composition or essay. Your Opinion!!!! Example: Soda vending machines should be allowed in school.
3 Main Arguments- 3 specific and well- developed reasons to agree with the author. They must be broad enough to develop a variety of supporting details. They must also be valid reasons! Examples: Soda is not bad for you unless it is in excess, it can give you a late day boost of energy, and certain sodas do have some health benefits.
Remember your steps! Don’t try to do too much in the intro. Choose a side that you strongly agree with, but also has valid support. Be aware of your audience!!!!!!!!!!!!