Persuasive Essay. Take out a piece of paper and take notes. What is a persuasive essay?. The purpose of a persuasive essay is to convince or persuade the audience to do something or think in a certain way.
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Take out a piece of paper and take notes
Graphic Organizer, draft one, draft two and final draft stapled together.
As you proceed through your text you need to use transitions and links for coherence.
Readers expect to move with ease from one sentence to the other and from one paragraph to the next……
Your document must “FLOW”.
Why reference a grasshopper?
Do not force readers to grapple with “grasshopper prose,” which jumps suddenly from one idea to another without obvious connections.
Your paper needs to flow.
Make your writing coherent, with all the parts connecting clearly to one another with transitional expressions, context links, and word links.
Use connecting words like this, that, these, and those to refer to something mentioned at the end of the previous sentence or paragraph.
Adding an idea:
also, in addition, further , furthermore, moreover
however, nevertheless, nonetheless, on the other hand, in contrast, still, rather, conversely
Showing time order:
later, subsequently, meanwhile, previously, finally
consequently, therefore, thus, hence, accordingly, for this reason, as a result
of course, in fact, certainly, obviously, to be sure, undoubtedly, indeed
for example, for instance
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Adding an aside:
Incidentally, by the way, besides
In short, generally, overall, all in all, in conclusion
Almost, often, usually, some, maybe, most, probably in most cases
even though, while it is true that, I agree that, admittedly, I cannot argue with, granted
therefore, thus, another, besides, better ,best, strongest
Too many of them, used too often, give writing a heavy and mechanical flavor.
It is all about the flow, organization, and integration of your paper.
Imagine you are at a party and a random person walks up to you and says, “Capital punishment (death penalty) should be abolished immediately.” You are surprised. You wonder where this position came from and why you are being challenged with it. Maybe you think the person is strange, pushy, and why in the world did he target you.
Now imagine a reader picking up a piece of your writing.
Just like people at a party, readers need to know about the issue.
Here are a few key points……
A pithy quotation
An unusual fact
A relevant anecdote
A challenging question
Interesting background details
An intriguing opinion statement.
Think of your conclusion as completing a circle.