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Persuasive Unit Packet
In this persuasive essay you will persuade your reader which of the following inventions is most important (is the most valuable to mankind): 1. Electricity – from the light bulb to the computer

2. Writing – the printing press, books, and literacy
3. Immunization – vaccinations against disease
4. Modern Plumbing – the sink, toilet, shower
You will be writing a five paragraph essay persuading your reader to think like you. In this packet are the tools that will lead you to write persuasively. This will be due at various times and must be submitted with your final draft.

Write in the due dates below as your teacher tells you:
* Rough draft to the INTRODUCTORY PARAGRAPH due

* Rough draft to the BODY PARAGRAPH 1 & 2 due

* Rough draft to the COUNTER PARAGRAPH due

* Rough draft of CONCLUDING PARAGRAPH due

* PEER EDITED ROUGH DRAFT due

* FINAL, TYPED DRAFT DUE ON

Introductory Paragraph Worksheet
In the space below write your opinion on which invention you think is the most important.

Now, provide six bullets as to why it’s the most important:

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Now combine these thoughts into a rough draft of the thesis:

is the invention because
(topic)(adjective)

(reason #1/body 1)

and
(reason #2/body 2)

Attention Grabber/Active Research

An effective persuasive essay includes a hook or attention grabber such as: * Giving some interesting information about your topic
* Ask a thought-provoking question
* Quote someone knowledgeable about your topic
* Share an experience

In order to do these, you must research your topic.

Chart your research findings below:
Fact| Source (website/book)|
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Quote| |
Question| |

Choosing three of the approaches above, and your research, develop each one into an attention getter:

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3.

Next, have a peer review these three and have him/her star and initial which one they like best. Introductory Paragraph Rough Draft

Now, combine your attention grabber and thesis and write a rough introductory paragraph. (use the example paragraph on the bottom as a model)

Introductory Paragraph Example 1:

Last year, our neighbors got a dingo. As a puppy, this Australian wild dog was very friendly. By the time it was six months old, though, the dingo was big and mean. After it attacked our dog, Animal control had to take the dingo away. What if our neighbors buy a baby crocodile next? Exotic pets might be interesting, but they can also cause a lot of trouble. People should think carefully before buying unusual pets because they do not always consider how it grows, they get tired of them, and the pets can even carry exotic diseases. (Write Source, “Avoiding Exotic Pets” p. 225)

THERE IS ANOTHER EXAMPLE OF AN INTRODUCTORY PARAGRAPH ON THE NEXT PAGE Introductory Paragraph Example 2:

The final bell rings. It’s the last day of school, and summer has finally come! For America’s students summer vacation means two and a half months without school, but recently many people are asking if this two and a half month break might be a factor in America’s declining education. In his latest interviews, President Obama has spoken about his plan to improve education in America. He has discussed the decline in the education system, and voiced concerns about the ability of American students to remain competitive with...
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