How to Write an Persuasive Essay

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How to Write a Persuasive (Argumentative) Essay

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A persuasive essay is a form of academic writing that is built around a certain argument. Persuasive essays are thus also called argumentative essays. In this type of academic paper, the writer aims to persuade the reader to accept the writer’s point of view, using certain persuasive techniques to prove the point and convince the reader. Therefore, a successful persuasive essay requires following certain rules and omitting common mistakes that students often make, when writing their persuasive essays. -------------------------------------------------

Steps for Writing a Persuasive Essay
1. Decide upon the issue you will discuss. It needs to be something you have a solid opinion on, and also something people disagree about 2. Research the issue, to be aware of how to best prove your point. Consider what your possible opponents can object to with every point you make. 3. Make an outline, listing your strongest arguments that will help you prove your point. Look for statistics, factual data and quotes of famous people to support your arguments. 4. Write an introduction, stating how debated the issue is and why it is important to reach consensus on the matter. Finish the introduction with a thesis statement, indicating your personal position on the discussed matter. 5. Argue your point, introducing a new reason or fact in every paragraph. There should be no less than three strong arguments to support your point of view. 6. Draw a conclusion. Here you may express your understanding as to why the matter is so hard to agree on, but conclude that the position you support is the best possible (or most likely to be true) variant based on the evidence you provided earlier in the essay. 7. Thoroughly proofread your essay

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Topic Selection
There are limitless opportunities for good topics, since there are a lot of debated issues you can discuss in your persuasive essay. Here are just a few examples of good topics for your argumentative essay: * Is boarding school a good idea for your child?

* Should there be a division between boys’ and girls’ sports? * Death penalty should be abolished
* People should not be allowed to keep guns at home
* It is a bad idea to let a gay couple adopt a child of the same gender * The only difference between organic and regular food is its cost * If we want to stop the global warming process, we need to stop driving cars * Is school uniform a good idea?

* Children should not be allowed to play computer games
* Introducing cell phones to children under the age of fifteen is a bad idea * Should all children under the age of 18 have a 10 pm curfew? * Is bullying really a serious problem in American schools today? -------------------------------------------------

Key Points to Consider
1. There are various persuasion techniques that have been proven to be the most effective in a good argumentative essay. Three basic persuasion techniques are: appeal to emotions, appeal to facts and evidence and appeal to logic. Try to combine and mix them to make a stronger point. 2. Always build your argument based on your audience and its qualities. Think of whom you are appealing to, envision your audience’s main characteristics and build your arguments based on what your audience most values. 3. A very good approach to persuasion is when the writer is aware of the point of view of an opposing side, and then argues about its weakness. Use parenthesis clauses, like “however”, “nevertheless”, “despite the fact that”, “on the other hand”, etc. to link the two sentences together. 4. Combine main points with minor points that also contribute to the general idea. Start each paragraph with the major point, then go on to explain it, and introduce a minor point closer to the end of the...
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