Persuasive Essay

Assignment

Write a persuasive essay of 500 to 700 words. The essay must follow the four criteria stated below.

In a persuasive essay, the writer tries to persuade the reader to think or act in a particular way. The writer’s purpose is to convince the reader that his or her point of view is a reasonable one. A persuasive essay should be written in a style that grabs and holds the reader’s attention, and the writer’s arguments should be backed up by strong supporting facts and details.

A) State a clear position in support of a proposal.
State your goal or purpose at the beginning of your essay in clear, straightforward words. Your position, the stand that you take on the issue, should be stated clearly in your thesis statement, the last sentence of your introduction. Ask yourself, “What is the argument that I am trying to convince the reader to accept?”

B) Support your position with relevant evidence.
Include solid arguments to support your position. An argument is a reason given for or against something. Use supporting facts and details to build sound arguments for your point of view. Supporting facts and details should be true, accurate, and to the point. Supporting facts and details should only be included if they help make a point or supply evidence in support of one of your arguments. Ask yourself, “How exactly do I expect to convince the reader that my argument is sound?”

C) Follow a simple organizational pattern.
Write an essay of five or more paragraphs. You must have an introduction, three or more body paragraphs, and a conclusion. You should start with an introduction that gets the reader interested and clearly tells the reader what position you are taking on your chosen issue. Each body paragraph will state one argument and its supporting evidence in support of your position. In your conclusion, you must restate the goal of your essay, summing up the main arguments you made supporting your position. You may include answers to objections (see below) in each of your body paragraphs, or you may write one paragraph (a sixth) that answers all objections to your arguments.

D) Address reader concerns.
Answer all objections to your arguments. To find objections to an argument, you should assume a critical point of view and look for “holes” in the case you are building. Think of objections that someone might raise against your ideas and provide facts that refute these objections, tell how they can be overcome, and/or why your argument is still valid.

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