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PERSUASIVE WRITING. Language Arts HSPA. What is a PERSUASIVE Essay?. An essay that convinces an audience to take a specific ‘position’ on a topic (support/oppose). The essay should entail supportive evidence that supports the writer’s position.

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  2. What is a PERSUASIVE Essay? • An essay that convinces an audience to take a specific ‘position’ on a topic (support/oppose). • The essay should entail supportive evidence that supports the writer’s position. • The THESIS is the focus of the paper. • PERSUADE in writing!!!

  3. What is the POINT of Writing a PERSUASIVE ESSAY? - Persuasion is an everyday part of life: today and in the future. - Knowing how to properly persuade through writing will help students today and in the long run. Ex.) Persuading mom to get a new phone. Persuading dad to buy you a car. Persuading people to buy a product. Persuading an administrator to start a new school club/ sport. Persuading people to eat at a certain restaurant. Persuading students why they should read a book. Persuading a client to sign up for a program. Persuading people to attend an event/ fundraiser. etc….. Learning how to provide supportive evidence will help one’s case when it comes to persuading an audience.

  4. The art of persuasion in everyday life.

  5. How LONG should a Persuasive Essay be? • A FIVE Paragraph Essay

  6. What is the FORMAT of a Persuasive Essay? • FIVE Paragraphs: • Introduction • Body Paragraph 1 • Body Paragraph 2 • Body Paragraph 3 • Conclusion

  7. *INTRODUCTION* • Introduction(Paragraph 1) • 1.)“Hook/Grabber”- Include one of the following “hooks” that will ‘grab’ your reader’s interest (1st sentence of introduction)— • Anecdote (brief story) • Statistics (numbers and percentages) • “Quote” (direct words said by someone- a famous or historical person) • Scenario (What would happen if….) • Question (rhetorical) • 2.) Clearly state the problem/ issue and who is behind it • (ex.-Board of Education, State of NJ, etc…) • 3.)THESIS- state your position on the topic (support/oppose) in a clear sentence with the main reasons why you support or oppose the issue (avoid saying “I believe/think”)

  8. What is a THESIS statement? • The most important sentence of the essay!!!!!!!! • A clear statement that implies the writer’s position on the topic. • Support or Oppose- and why?? (generally) • A THESIS should only be ONE sentence. • It should always be the LAST sentence of the INTRODUCTION. • The thesis should be reflected throughout the rest of the essay (body & closing).

  9. *BODY #1, 2, 3* • BODY Paragraphs # 1, 2, 3- follow same format for all three body paragraphs (min.) • #1.) Main reason- a coherent sentence that explains the major reason why you either support or oppose the topic/issue (1st sentence of body paragraph) • #2.) THREE Supporting details/examplesthat support the main reason • Details may include: • Your own thoughts/ideas or common knowledge on the topic • Facts and statistics (can be ‘made up’ for HSPA) • Connections, quotes, rhetorical questions, etc.. (used to enhance writing- also known as compositional risk) • #3.)Closing sentence reflecting THESIS

  10. BODY #1, 2, 3 cont…. • Note: If students get “stuck” during the writing of what to write for the main reasons, consider the following: • Body #1.)Affect on students/adolescents/teens • Body #2.)Affect on parents/ guardians orteachers/faculty • Body #3.)Affect on community/society as a whole OR Ways to solve the problem/issue (offer solutions)

  11. *CONCLUSION* • Conclusion(Paragraph #5- Closing) #1.)Reflect main reasons from body paragraphs #2.) Re-state topic (in different words than introduction) #3.) Re-state THESIS (in different words than introduction) • Make a strong ending statement- You want to leave an impact on your audience that leaves them convinced of your position on topic

  12. Note: Always keep audience/reader in mind because they are the ones you are aiming to persuade/convince! NO “I” or “you” in writing. REVISE! REVISE! REVISE!!!!!!!!!!!! Extra Tips!

  13. SCORING* • Students will be scored on a scale of 0-6. • Two people will be grading essay, so highest grade for persuasive essay is 12.

  14. Follow the correct format to write a well developed PERSUASIVE ESSAY! • “Fortune Favors the Bold”…. And those who follow directions!

  15. Good Luck withPERSUASIVE WRITING!

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