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Persuasive Essay Format: Introduction

Fishing! a.k.a. HOOK OPENER
WHAT are we talking about here?
Also called the topic sentence.
WHO are you writing this for, and why would they care?
This is your audience.
Write a thesis that TAKES SIDES and identify at least 3
MAIN POINTS that prove your side.

1 paragraph: Reader COUNTERARGUMENTS.Persuasive Essay Format: BODY – (should be 4 paragraphs total) 3 paragraphs: Each one has a TOPIC SENTENCE. . Support them with detailed EXAMPLES and EXPLANATIONS. Why are they wrong? also known as the REBUTTAL. Find several REASONS supporting thesis and write one paragraph on EACH ONE.

and your rebuttal. the counterarguments.Persuasive Essay Format: Conclusion Echo thesis (RESTATE IT. a sense of closure and why this matters. Include a SO-WHAT. STILL TAKING SIDES) Re-mention the three main points you made. Movie ending – FEEL IT! – powerful! .

quotations) sentences end with a period or another type of punctuation SPELLING words are spelled correctly .When you finish. double check: CAPITALIZATION each sentence begins with a capital all names begin with a capital each important name in the title begins with a capital ORGANIZATION handwriting is neat order of events is easy to follow beginning and ending make sense all sentences are complete with subject and verb transitional words and phrases are used correctly PUNCTUATION quotation marks are used when ended commas are used when necessary (pause. list.

actual experience. A fact is based on direct evidence. •Opinion: Statement of BELIEF.Supporting Arguments with Facts Creating a successful persuasive essay requires that you use FACTS. In order to write a convincing paper. you must first TAKE SIDES and then USE EVIDENCE. not opinions. or observation. . •Fact: Something that is TRUE. It shows one’s feelings about a subject.

Read the two columns on your paper with a partner! One side is FACT and the other OPINION. Which is which? Discuss how you know. .

Jessie loves to read. It is important to read to young children. Her favorite authors are Beverly Clearly and Louis Sachar.Here are a few examples of FACTS WITH SUPPORT: 1. Note: It is important to make sure that your evidence SUPPORTS YOUR ARGUMENT clearly. Research shows that children who are read to from birth until they reach school age score significantly higher in all academic areas. She likes to read for at least an hour every night after dinner. 2. . Make sure they MAKE SENSE and FIT together.

More importantly. In persuasive writing. Transitions take your reader FROM ONE THOUGHT TO ANOTHER.Transitions Transitional words are used to show HOW IDEAS ARE CONNECTED. the reader will probably insert their own thoughts – not always a good idea. if you don’t make connections between your ideas. The following is a list of commonly used TRANSITIONS. . it’s important that you LEAD the reader in the DIRECTION YOU WANT them to go – don’t allow them to make their own connections.

Common Transitions and but or while although unlike while however in other words to sum up because in conclusion consequently first next sometimes surely on the other hand .

Transitional words are very useful in persuasive writing because they help you show BOTH SIDES of the arguments. . In particular. you plan to focus on how some people think that the animals are treated cruelly. Let’s say that you’ve just finished reading about the Iditarod Alaskan Dog Sled Race and want to use that race as a focus for your persuasive writing.

say their dogs are treated better than most animals and are bred to race. on the other hand is the TRANSITIONAL PHRASE. Mushers. “Animal rights groups say the Iditarod race is cruel to dogs and should be discontinued. ON THE OTHER HAND.One of the first things you need to do is STATE BOTH SIDES OF THE ARGUMENT.” In this example. You should try to use AT LEAST TWO transitional phrases PER PARAGRAPH to start. .