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Persuasive Essay

In persuasive essays, you are writing to convinces others by presenting solid, supported arguments.

thumbs up graphicGood Persuasion:

  • Takes a strong and definite position on an issue or advises a particular action.
  • Gives logical reasons and supporting evidence to defend the position or recommend action.
  • Considers opposing views.
  • Has enthusiasm and energy from start to finish.

Exercises & Handouts:
These exercises can help when starting to write two of the most common persuasive pieces: an essay of argumentation (sometimes called a position paper) or an essay of opposing ideas.

Sample Persuasive Essay:
Student Writing Sample - click the link to see a sample of a persuasive essay.

Sample Rubric:
checklist graphicPersuasive Writing Rubric (PDF document)- use this checklist to self-edit your persuasive essay.

book cover imageCheck pages 115-122 in Writer's, INC. if you think you need help with any one of the criteria on the rubric.

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