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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. Some DOS and DON’Ts. Do: 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 which tries to convince a reader to believe what you believe about a certain topic.
some dos and don ts
Some DOS and DON’Ts
  • Do:
  • 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
stages of writing
Stages of writing
  • Prewriting (brainstorming)
  • Rough draft (pencil)
  • Revising/editing
  • Final draft (in pen)
brainstorming
Brainstorming
  • Hamburger
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 brilliant 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.
  • In order to change school board policy to implement cell phones into the curriculum, a petition should be drafted and signatures collected.
an interesting introduction with a hook
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.
  • 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.

  • ExampleAs unbelievable as it may seem, 90% of students polled at this school are dissatisfied with school lunch, but only 5% are willing to pack their own lunches.
3 brilliant body paragraphs with innovative ideas
3 brilliant 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 brilliant body paragraphs with innovative ideas an example
3 brilliant 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 fewer 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
3 brilliant body paragraphs with innovative ideas an example1
3 brilliant 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 lline 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 the nation got back to reading, writing, and arithmetic… rather than obsessing about brand names and body image.
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 brilliant 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?

You will need to include the following:

  • A solid introduction.
  • An effective thesis that communicates:
    • Your stance.
    • What should be done about it?
  • 3 brilliant body paragraphs.
  • A great conclusion.
  • Research (complete with in-text citations and a works cited).
  • 3 separate drafts – Rough, 2nd, and Final
    • 2 Peer Edits for the rough draft
    • 1 Peer Edit for the 2nd
  • 1 Planning Sheet
remember
Remember!
  • NO “I, YOU, WE, OUR”! – This is an academic essay using academic language. Instead of “our” use “Americans”, for example.
  • Print all materials and hand in as follows:
    • Final Draft – Min. 3 pages
    • Works Cited
    • 2nd Draft (with peer editing marks)
    • 1 Peer Edit Sheet
    • 1st Draft (with marks from 2 editors in different colors)
    • 2 Peer Edit Sheets
    • 1 Planning Sheet
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Writing SituationThe Department of Education is considering a ban on the use of cell phones in public schools. Students would not be able to bring phones into school buildings for any reason. Many teachers and school administrators approve of the plan because they believe that cell phones are a distraction and disrupt class. Students and parents, on the other hand, feel that schools are limiting the ability of parents and children to keep in touch in case of emergencies.

now write
Now write…
  • A thesis for this prompt.
  • Remember, a thesis includes 2 things:
    • Your stance on the issue.
    • How should it be solved?
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Now…
  • For the prompt, create
    • A terrific title
    • An interesting introduction with a hook
    • A killer conclusion with a clincher statement