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Persuasive writing. What is persuasive writing?. Persuasive writing is…. An essay or speech which tries to convince a reader to believe what you believe about a certain topic. Do: Divide into 5 paragraphs Have a thesis statement in your introduction

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Persuasive writing

Persuasive writing

What is persuasive writing?


Persuasive writing is

Persuasive writing is…

  • An essay or speech which tries to convince a reader to believe what you believe about a certain topic.


Some dos and don ts

Do:

Divide into 5 paragraphs

Have a thesis statement in your introduction

Come up with 3 main points to support your argument—these will be your 3 body paragraphs

Have a conclusion that contains a clincher statement

Come up with a catchy title

Don’t

Begin with “hello my name is___ and I’m going to write about____”

Take out the word I (instead of I think we shouldn’t wear uniforms say “Uniforms shouldn’t be required”

Be wishy washy. Pick a side.

Forget to support your opinions with facts and example

Some DOS and DON’Ts


Stages of writing

Stages of writing

  • Prewriting (brainstorming)

  • Rough draft (pencil)

  • Revising/editing

  • Final draft (in pen)


These are things that make a fabulous persuasive essay

These are things that make a fabulous persuasive essay

  • A terrific title

  • A thought provoking thesis statement

  • An interesting introduction with a hook

  • 3 breathtaking body paragraphs with innovative ideas

  • Tremendous transition words between paragraphs

  • A killer conclusion with a clincher statement


What is a thesis statement

What is a thesis statement?

  • A thesis statement is one sentence at the end of your introduction that states your opinion. It needs to be strong.


Which one is thought provoking

Which one is thought provoking?

  • This essay describes the difference between being a student and being a scholar.

  • School board policy should be changed in order to implement cell phones into the curriculum.


An interesting introduction with a hook

An interesting introduction with a hook

  • Never say “Hello….blah blah” or “This essay/speech will be about…” BORING!

  • You never get a second chance to make a first impression.

  • Some techniques we will learn about:

    • Anecdote

    • Riddles

    • Fragment technique

    • Quotations

    • Shocking statement


Anecdote

ANECDOTE

  • A short story within an introduction to make the point clear.

  • Example:

  • Sally got out of bed, and looked at the alarm clock. She was running late! She would have to hurry to catch the bus. This was one of those days that she was glad that her school had a uniform policy…she wouldn’t have to waste much time picking out an outfit.


Riddles

Riddles

  • Get your reader’s attention with a challenging thought.

  • What’s plain, and boring? What makes all students in a school building look the same and lose their individuality? If you guessed UNIFORMS, you’re correct!


Fragment technique

Fragment technique

  • Uses 3 short fragments to create an image.

  • Example:

  • A brand new fishing pole, a bucket of worms, and a warm spring day! These things were present on the day I caught a record-breaking keeper.


Quotations

Quotations

  • Conversational

    “Mom, I’ve signed up to fight for my country!”

  • Famous Quote

    "War is nothing without a solider to fight it."- Unknown


Shocking statements

Shocking statements

Provides statistics or facts that startles readers to pull them into your story.

  • ExampleCan you believe that over 90% of students polled at our school are dissatisfied with school lunch, but only 5% are willing to pack their own lunches?


3 breathtaking body paragraphs with innovative ideas

3 breathtaking body paragraphs with innovative ideas

  • You should come up with three points to support your opinion

  • Each of the points will be turned into a body paragraph

  • Try to think of ideas that no one else would think of


3 breathtaking body paragraphs with innovative ideas an example

3 breathtaking body paragraphs with innovative ideas (an example)

  • Your school has a uniform policy. Some people argue that uniforms in schools are beneficial because they cause less distractions, and some argue that they are not a good idea because they take away a student’s individuality. Do you agree or disagree with uniform policy? Make sure to support your position


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3 breathtaking body paragraphs with innovative ideas (an example)

  • Thesis: Uniform policies are beneficial in schools, and should be implemented nationwide.

    Reason 1: Allows for less bullying based on wardrobe.

    Reason 2: Students will concentrate more on school and less on attire.

    Reason 3: It cuts down on cost of school clothes and time spent getting ready in the morning.


Tremendous transition words

Tremendous transition words

  • Transition words move from one thought to the next

  • Usually at the beginning of 3 body paragraphs

  • Avoid the same weak transition words (first, next, last)


A killer conclusion with a clincher statement

A killer conclusion with a clincher statement

  • Clincher statement is the last line of your paper. It should almost shock your reader

  • Conclusion leaves a lasting impression…


A killer conclusion with a clincher statement1

A killer conclusion with a clincher statement

  • In conclusion, over 95% of parents polled are in agreement with a school wide uniform policy. Uniforms allow students to be who they are, not what they wear. After all, shouldn’t school be about academics rather than apparel? It’s time our nation got back to reading, writing, and arithmetic….not Baby Phat, Apple Bottom, and FUBU.


A review

A review…

  • What are some dos?

  • What are some don’ts?

  • What are these things…

    • A terrific title

    • A thought provoking thesis statement

    • An interesting introduction with a hook

      • Anecdote

      • Riddles

      • Fragment technique

      • Quotations

      • Shocking statement

    • 3 breathtaking body paragraphs with innovative ideas

    • Tremendous transition words between paragraphs

    • A killer conclusion with a clincher statement


How will i be graded

How will I be graded?

  • On these five areas:

  • Style

  • Organization

  • Ideas

  • Conventions

  • Presentation


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