Persuasive or argumenative assignments

Waht is Persuasive or Argumentative Writing?

In persuasive or argumentative writing, we try to convince others to agree with our facts, share our values,accept our argument and conclusions,and adopt our way of thinking.

Elements toward building a good persuasive essay include

  • establishing facts to support an argument

  • clarifying relevant values for your audience (perspective)

  • prioritizing, editing, and/or sequencing the facts and values in importance to build the argument

  • forming and stating conclusions

  • "persuading" your audience that your conclusions are based upon the agreed-upon facts and shared values

  • having the confidence to communicate your "persuasion" in writing

Here are some strategies to complete a persuasive writing assignment:

  • Write out the questions in your own words.
  • Think of the questions posed in the assignment while you are reading and researching.
  • Determine the facts.
  • Think about  prejudices/ bias in the piece
  • Determine what the author's position is
  • List out facts; consider their importance: prioritize, edit, sequence, discard, etc.
  • Ask yourself "What's missing?"
  • What are the "hot buttons" of the issue?
  • List possible emotions/emotional reactions and recognize them for later use

Landsberger, Joe F. "Study Guides and Strategies." Writing Persuasive or Argumentative Essays. N.p., 1996. Web. 24 Oct. 2013.

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