Focus: The purpose of persuasive writing is to influence readers’ attitudes to p

Focus: The purpose of persuasive
writing is to influence readers’
attitudes to persuade them to agree
with the writer or to take action on
issues the writer describes. Effective
persuasion involves clearly
identifying issues, anticipating and
responding to objections, presenting
support for a position, and using
sound reasoning to help convince
the audience.
Goal: To write an argumentative
essay/speech for the appropriate
audience that includes:
A clear thesis or position based on
logical reasons supported by precise
and relevant evidence.
• Accurate and honest representation
of divergent views.
• Information on the complete range
of relevant perspectives.
• An organizing structure appropriate
to the purpose, audience, and
context.
• Demonstrated consideration of the
validity of all primary sources used.
YOU MAY CHOOSE ANY
PERSUASIVE TOPIC THAT YOU
WANT
Be sure you cite all sources
utilized.

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