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Persuasive Essay Assignment Sheet

Persuasive Essay Assignment Sheet

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This is the assignment sheet that was given to my students in order to introduce and outline the writing unit. Included in this assignment sheet are all the expectations and due dates, as my lower level students require the extra instructions.
This is the assignment sheet that was given to my students in order to introduce and outline the writing unit. Included in this assignment sheet are all the expectations and due dates, as my lower level students require the extra instructions.

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Persuasive Essay
Assignment Sheet
Have you ever wanted to convince someone that your opinion is right? Are there things in your school, city, state, country or world you think should change? Persuasion is the act of causing someone to do something by means of argument or reasoning. If you communicate clearly, and support your opinion with evidence, you can persuade your readers to agree with you. Persuasive writing and speaking is often the first step in creating change.
 
In persuasive writing, a writer takes a position
FOR
or
AGAINST 
an issue and writes toconvince the reader to believe or do something. In order to convince the reader you needmore than opinion; you need facts or examples to back your opinion.Persuasive writing follows a particular format. It has an
INTRODUCTION
(hook), a
BODY
 where the argument is developed, and a
CONCLUSION
. After writing an essay, like anyother piece of writing, you should read, revise, peer edit before publishing the finalproduct. Before starting, check the
RUBRIC
to see how you will be evaluated, as well as, allthe ingredients required to write the essay.
As a general guideline, when writing a persuasive essay:
 
Have a firm opinion that you want your reader to accept.
 
Begin with a grabber or hook to get the reader's attention.
 
Offer evidence to support your opinion by using your sources.
 
Conclude with a restatement of what you want the reader to do or believe. Use yourgraphic organizer to help you.
An example of a persuasive essay topic would be: Topic: 
The effects of locker searches 
Your opinion/position: 
I believe that since the locker is on school property then the school should be able to search them whenever they want.
***Don’t forget:
Transitions are words and phrases that connect ideas and show how they arerelated. Use your transition handout.
Name:Period:Date:
DUE THURSDAY, MARCH28
TH
BY THE END OF THESCHOOL DAY
 
You will be writing a 3 paragraph Persuasive Essay in which you will choose aposition on a selected topic and persuade the reader why your position is the right one:
 
The first paragraph will include an introduction (hook), your position, and the
opposing side’s argument.
 
The second
paragraph will be used to explain WHY the opposing side’s argument is
wrong. You will prove this by providing FACTS and EXAMPLES that support yourargument.
 
The third
paragraph will provide a concluding sentence (“For these reasons, Ibelieve that……BECAUSE………”). You will also provide a “call to action”, in which you
will provide the reader with a solution to the issue.
 Learning Targets for this Assignment:
 
Write a thesis statement.
Research a topic, finding evidence that both supports and refutes a thesis.
Cite sources completely and correctly.
Write a rough draft.
Edit the work of another writer.
Day 1: Monday, March 18
th
DETERMINE YOUR TOPIC and WRITE THESIS STATEMENT.
Brainstorm list of supporting evidence, as well as counter-claims, using graphic organizer.
.Write list of researchable questions
Due:
Completed graphic organizer (10 points)
Homework:
Write 2 researchable questions on your research organizer for each argument
 
 You will only have 5 class periods to complete this unit, so yourattendance is extremely important. You will be graded on bothyour participation in daily activities and your completion ofpersuasive essay. Each day we will have an activity that will bedue at the end of the period. If you choose to waste yourclass time, you will receive a ZERO on your participation pointsfor the day. These points cannot be made up. The final essayis due by the end of the period on March 28
th
(Thursday). Iwill NOT accet late-work.
 
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