Writing a Persuasive Paper. What is a Persuasive Writing? Writing used to convince others of what you believe or say.

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<ul><li><p>Writing a Persuasive Paper</p></li><li><p>What is a Persuasive Writing?</p><p>Writing used to convince others of what you believe or say.</p></li><li><p>Why do it?Want others to: AGREE with usShare our ValuesAccept our argument or conclusions</p></li><li><p>ExamplesTo get what we wantTo avoid trouble ???PoliticsCan you think of other examples?</p></li><li><p>Mom I want a Dog</p><p>Pick Me!!! I am too cute to pass up.Look I do tricks!How will I ever convince her to let me have one?</p></li><li><p>Parts of a PaperIntroductionHookBackgroundThesisBody Topic SentenceHigh level of SupportConclusionEffective EndingClosure on issues without being repetitive from Intro.Tie up paper and relate back to hook/thesis</p></li><li><p>Persuasive StructuresPosition and why---ThesisConcession---alternate viewpointsRefutation---why other viewpoints are flawed, inaccurate, illogical, etc.Confirmation---restating position (new words)</p></li><li><p>Thesis StatementCould be last sentence of your Intro. Statement of your position---be sure you know which side of the issue you are on.Should be clear and concise---use effective language (avoid being repetitive)For persuasive essays, these statements should be debatable. (that is, can someone else state the opposite opinion?)</p></li><li><p>You decide: Are these good thesis statements for the topics?School Uniforms: School uniforms are stupid and are therefore dumb, so they should not be allowed in any school.</p><p>Exit Exams: Schools should require all high school students to pass an exit exam before graduation.</p><p>Open Campus: Have you ever tried to eat lunch in just 15 minutes?</p></li><li><p>Thesis Statements 1 &amp; 3 are NOT STRONG statements.1 is repetitive, uses poor language, and not concise3 is a question, so it is not a statementThesis Statement 2 would be a STRONG thesis statement because it is clear, states the position, and uses effective language without giving all the specific information away.</p></li><li><p>How can we fix Statements 1 &amp; 3?School Uniforms: School uniforms are stupid and are therefore dumb, so they should not be allowed in any school.</p><p>Open Campus: Have you ever tried to eat lunch in just 15 minutes?</p></li><li><p>ConcessionAcknowledging other viewpointsMake them relevant and significant to topicMake sure you can refute them</p><p>Dont:Make the other sides pointsLose your focus and flip flop sides</p></li><li><p>How to set up concessionsBegin with a dependent clause followed by an independent clauseWhile many people think school uniforms are beneficial, others may disagree.Directly state the other viewsThere may be many reasons to avoid school uniforms such as loss of individuality or loss of personal freedomsMake generalizationSome may argue that school uniforms destroy individuality or personal freedoms.</p></li><li><p>RefutationState why the concessions are flawedUse a dependent clause (the concession) followed by an independent clause (the refutation)While others argue that school uniforms cause a loss of individuality and personal freedoms, students need to understand that the Supreme Court has ruled that school districts have the legal right to impose school uniforms for safety reasons.</p></li><li><p>ConfirmationCome back to your main reasons for your positionDo not be repetitiveFind a key idea throughout your paper and revisit this idea (for example: personal freedom and individuality)Often, the confirmation appears in the conclusion</p></li><li><p>Possible Paper Set UpPositionYour PointsConcessionsRefutationConfirmationPositionConcession 1 &amp; RefutationsConcession 2 &amp; RefutationsConfirmation</p></li><li><p>Persuasive TechniquesLogicRepetition of key word/phrase throughoutRhetorical Question</p><p>Emotional LanguageSimileMetaphorAnalogyFacts supported by research findings</p></li><li><p>Persuasive WritingThe speakerSome credibility (knowledgeable and/or believable)The audienceAppeal to particular peopleThe occasionMay become an argument supporting other arguments within work or among works</p></li></ul>

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