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 DO NOT JUST WRITE OUT THE SAME ESSAY AGAIN. THAT WILL GET YOU A ZERO.
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$H acronym: Society, History, Education, Environment, Economy, Humanity • These are just lenses to look through when considering an idea.
Take a Position (Introduction) • Defend, challenge, or qualify: The decline in reading is a national problem. • Defend = agree • Challenge = disagree • Qualify = add limits or specifications • Support your position with evidence that is • Specific • Relevant to the topic • Meaningful • As unique and interesting as possible
Proving It • Using specific, meaningful evidence = proving that your ideas are reasonable with examples and explanations. • If you give a reason and I can still ask any of these questions, you aren’t done writing: • Why? • How do you know that’s true? • So what?
Support Position (Body Paragraphs) • Use SPECIFIC and MEANINGFUL evidence to prove that your ideas are reasonable. • Observations • Experiences • Readings • SHEE$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) • 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 • 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!