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Writing, Speech, Debate, & General Knowledge
1.5 Persuasion

Persuasion

It is very important to learn to write persuasively. Many standardized tests such as ACT and SAT include persuasive writing sections.

Here is one way to set up a persuasive essay.

Introduction: Explain the issue, state your opinion.

Counter-argument: Explain what someone who disagrees with you might say. Explain why they are wrong.

Support #1: Give a reason and examples. Describe why you believe in your opinion.

Support #2: Give another reason and examples why you believe in your opinion.

Conclusion: Summarize your argument. Extend it to the larger world. More advanced persuasive writing includes the elements of ethos, pathos, and logos.


Directions: Select a topic from below and write a persuasive essay on the issue and share it with your class:
  • Should students be allowed to have cell phones in elementary and middle schools?
  • Should students have to wear uniforms?
  • Should college athletes be paid for playing?
  • Should the elderly receive free bus rides?
  • Should state colleges be free to attend?
  • Should all American citizens have to complete a year of community service?
  • Should the driving age be raised to twenty-one?

As homework, select another topic for persuasive writing, use MyndBook (MyndBook.com/go.php?to=306_1396) to create a note map of your ideas including the elements of ethos, pathos, and logos; and then write your essay.

Have your essay responses graded by your teacher and enter your score here!

Your score for this chapter (0-100%) =


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