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Persuasive writing What is persuasive writing?
Persuasive writing is… • An essay 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 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” Don’t be wishy washy. Pick a side. Forget to support your opinions with facts and example Some DOS and DON’Ts
Stages of writing • Prewriting (brainstorming) • Rough draft (pencil) • Revising/editing-in pen • Final draft (typed)
These are things that make a fabulous persuasive essay • A terrific title • A thought provoking thesis statement • An interesting introduction with a hook • 3 banging body paragraphs with innovative ideas • Tremendous transition words between paragraphs • A killer conclusion with a clincher 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.
An interesting introduction with a hook • Never say “Hello….blah blah” or “This essay will be about…” BORING! • You never get a second chance to make a first impression.
3 banging 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
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 • Clincher statement is the last line of your paper. It should almost shock your reader • Conclusion leaves a lasting impression…
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 banging body paragraphs with innovative ideas • Tremendous transition words between paragraphs • A killer conclusion with a clincher statement
Persuasive Writing… What is it? Let’s find out!!
Now… • For the following prompt, create • A terrific title • An interesting introduction with a hook • A killer conclusion with a clincher statement