GHSWT Preparation. Persuasive Essay. In writing a persuasive essay, you build an argument, supporting your opinions with a variety of evidence: Facts Statistics Examples Anecdote : a personal story used to prove a point Statements from experts
Before you begin planning your essay, you must identify:
(what side will you take?)
4. Form (letter, speech, essay, etc.)
5. Audience (who will you convince?)
Directions for Writing
Recently, a student in New Mexico wanted to wear traditional Native American dress over her cap and gown for her high school graduation. The school district refused to grant her request. Should students be required to wear a cap and gown to participate in graduation ceremonies? Should they be permitted to add other items of clothing to their cap and gown? Think carefully about your position on this issue.
Writing Directions: Write a letter to the district school board members in which you clearly assert your position on the cap and gown requirement. Try to convince the board members to agree with you by using well-developed arguments.
Example: Fifty percent of children in America are obese.
Example: Is it ever acceptable for a doctor to end a patient’s life?
Example: A description of a fatal car crash caused by texting and driving.
High school graduation is, perhaps, the most important day in the life of a young person – a day he has worked diligently toward and a day on which his individuality should be celebrated. And nothing stifles that individuality like requiring students to wear solemn black robes and hats. Yet even now, not all students look the same in this rather boring attire. Some students are allowed to assert their personalities by wearing honor cords for certain societies and clubs while others wear shawls denoting that they are graduating with honors. If these students are granted this privilege of individuality, why should it not be afforded to every student? All students are special in their own way and should not be penalized because their individuality is not recognized by a school-sponsored organization. For example, the student in New Mexico was proud of her Native American heritage and wished to show that pride on the most important day of her young life; however, she was denied this right because her individuality was seemingly too unique and not school-sponsored. A student should have the right to express her individuality at her high school graduation.
Example: Childhood obesity is an epidemic in the United States and must be remedied soon.
Example: It is every parent’s responsibility to encourage his or her child to leave the couch and video games behind to play outside and participate in sports.
Example: Clearly, childhood obesity is an epidemic in the United States and must be remedied soon.