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The Persuasive Essay. Writing Workshop. Revision and Editing. Today you will revise and edit your CBA essay. Yes, you will. Revise : to alter something already written in order to make corrections/ improve Edit : to correct mistakes in preparation for publishing.

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the persuasive essay

The Persuasive Essay

Writing Workshop

revision and editing
Revision and Editing
  • Today you will revise and edit your CBA essay.
  • Yes, you will.
  • Revise: to alter something already written in order to make corrections/ improve
  • Edit: to correct mistakes in preparation for publishing

DO NOT JUST WRITE OUT THE SAME ESSAY AGAIN. THAT WILL GET YOU A ZERO.

understand the task
Understand the Task
  • Read and understand the prompt. What exactly are you supposed to answer?
    • This is a persuasive essay. You must take a clear position.
    • Your position  your thesis statement!
  • Support your position with specific, meaningful evidence.
    • Observations (what have you seen in the world around you?)
    • SHEE$H acronym: Society, History, Education, Environment, Economy, Humanity
      • These are just lenses to look through when considering an idea.
take a position introduction
Take a Position (Introduction)
  • Defend, challenge, or qualify: The decline in reading is a national problem.
    • Defend = agree
    • Challenge = disagree
    • Qualify = add limits or specifications
  • Support your position with evidence that is
    • Specific
    • Relevant to the topic
    • Meaningful
    • As unique and interesting as possible
proving it
Proving It
  • Using specific, meaningful evidence = proving that your ideas are reasonable with examples and explanations.
  • If you give a reason and I can still ask any of these questions, you aren’t done writing:
    • Why?
    • How do you know that’s true?
    • So what?
support position body paragraphs
Support Position (Body Paragraphs)
  • Use SPECIFIC and MEANINGFUL evidence to prove that your ideas are reasonable.
    • Observations
    • Experiences
    • Readings
    • SHEE$H: Society, History, Education, Environment, Economy, Humanity (lenses to look through when considering an idea – what are the effects, implications, etc. in each area?)
  • Use C-E-C paragraph development to structure ideas.
    • Claim (topic sentence – what the paragraph is about)
    • Evidence (example of why your claim is reasonable)
    • Commentary (explain the evidence)
so what conclusion
“So What?” (Conclusion)
  • Explain the overall significance of what you’ve written about.
  • Why is it important?
  • Why should we care?
  • You have an opinion (yes, you do – you just wrote about it) … why do YOU care?
reverse outline
Reverse Outline
  • Study your paper. Make an outline based on what you have already written:
    • My Thesis Statement (direct response to prompt)
    • My Reasons (these should be your body paragraphs)
    • My Conclusion
  • If there’s anything in your paper that does not directly relate to the prompt or your response to it, TAKE IT OUT. It’s liberating!