Writing Persuasive or Argumentative Essays
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to agree with our facts, share our values,
accept our argument and conclusions, and adopt our way of thinking.
Elements toward building a good persuasive essay include
* establishing facts
to support an argument
* clarifying relevant values
for your audience (perspective)
* prioritizing, editing, and/or sequencing
the facts and values in importance to build the argument
* forming and stating conclusions
* "persuading" your audience that your conclusions
are based upon the agreed-upon facts and shared values
* having the confidence
to communicate your "persuasion" in writing
Here are some strategies to complete a persuasive writing assignment:
Write out the questions in your own words.
* Think of the questions posed in the assignment
while you are reading and researching. Determine
o any sources that will help you determine their reliability
(as well as for further reference)
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or values that color the facts or the issue
o what you think of the author's argument
* List out facts; consider their importance:
prioritize, edit, sequence, discard, etc.
Ask yourself "What's missing?"
* What are the "hot buttons" of the issue?
List possible emotions/emotional reactions and recognize them for later use
Start writing a draft!
Start as close as possible to your reading/research
Do not concern yourself with grammar or spelling
* Write your first paragraph
o Introduce the topic
o Inform the reader of your point of view!
o Entice the reader to continue with the rest of the paper!
o Focus on three main points to develop
* Establish flow from paragraph to paragraph
* Keep your voice active
* Quote sources to establish authority
* Stay focused on your point of view throughout the essay
* Focus on logical arguments
* Don't lapse into summary
in the development--wait for the conclusion
o Summarize, then conclude, your argument
o Refer to the first paragraph/opening statement as well as the main points
+ does the conclusion restate the main ideas?
+ reflect the succession and importance of the arguments
+ logically conclude their development?
* Edit/rewrite the first paragraph
to better telegraph your development and conclusion.
* Take a day or two off!
* Re-read your paper
with a fresh mind and a sharp pencil
o Ask yourself:
Does this make sense? Am I convinced?
Will this convince a reader?
Will they understand my values, and agree with my facts?
o Edit, correct, and re-write as necessary
o Check spelling and grammar!
o Have a friend read it and respond to your argument.
Were they convinced?
o Revise if necessary
o Turn in the paper
o Celebrate a job well done,
with the confidence that you have done your best.