Writing assignment seriesPersuasive or argumentative essaysIn persuasive or argumentative writing, we try to convince othersto agree with our facts, share our values,accept our argument and conclusions,and adopt our way of thinking.Elements toward building a good persuasive essay include establishing factsto support an argument
clarifying relevant valuesfor your audience (perspective) prioritizing, editing, and/or sequencingthe facts and values in importance to build the argument forming and stating conclusions
"persuading" your audience that your conclusionsare based upon the agreed-upon facts and shared values having the confidenceto communicate your "persuasion" in writing Here are some strategies to complete a persuasive writing assignment: Write out the questions in your own words.
Think of the questions posed in the assignmentwhile you are reading and researching. Determine facts
any sources that will help you determine their reliability (as well as for further reference) what prejudices lie in the argumentor values that color the facts or the issue what you think of the author's argument
List out facts; consider their importance:prioritize, edit, sequence, discard, etc.Ask yourself "What's missing?" What are the "hot buttons" of the issue?List possible emotions/emotional reactions and recognize them for later use Start writing a draft! (refer to: Writing essays, the basics)Start as close as possible to your reading/researchDo not concern yourself with grammar or spelling Write your first paragraph
Introduce the topic
Inform the reader of your point of view!
Entice the reader to continue with the rest of the paper! Focus on three main points to develop
Establish flow from paragraph to paragraph
Keep your voice active
Quote sourcesto establish authority
Stay focusedon your point of view throughout the essay Focus on logical arguments...
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