Rules Of Writing A Persuasive Essay

Guidelines to Persuasive Writing

1.  Remember that your purpose is to convince your audience to believe your point of view!

2.  Once you know what your topic to write about is, brainstorm the pros and cons of your topic.  If you aren't sure which point of view to write about, focus on the lists that you just brainstormed; the pros and cons.  Which list has the most believable choices?  That is the point of view you should develop into a persuasive essay! 

3.  Remember to stick with one point of view - an example could be, 'Young drivers should not be allowed to use cell phones while driving.'  You don't want to confuse your readers and begin convincing them with reasons that young drivers should be allowed to use cell phones while driving.  If you have convinced your reader of anything, that would be that you are 'riding the fence'!  (yes, another idiom!) 

4.  The Golden Rules

 **The introduction should include a 'hook'.  This could be in the form of an anecdote,  a cool quote, or a believable statistic.     

**Write in 2nd person point of view by using the pronoun, 'you'.       

**You should have 2 arguments to convince your readers. 

**One of these arguments can be to concede a point to the opposition; to refute.

ExampleYou want a shirt that cost $85 and you only have $75.  Your parents have told you they won't pay $85 for a shirt.  You try to convince them that you have $75 and only need $10 to buy it yourself.  You hope that they see how much the shirt means to you if you are going to pay for more than 3/4 of it. 

**Each argument must have 1 strong fact and you need to support this fact with 2 to  3 supporting details.

**Organize your arguments from the weakest to the strongest.

**Transitions between the paragraphs are crucial to create a 'blending of your thoughts'.

**Your conclusion is your last chance to convince your reader!  End your essay with a strong argument or a call to action


Helpful tips for writing a successful persuasive essay

Last updated: May 19, 2016

A persuasive essay uses reason to demonstrate that certain ideas are more valid than others in academic writing. The purpose of such an essay is to encourage readers to accept a particular viewpoint or act in a particular way. A persuasive essay must be based on sound logic and must contain factual evidence to support the argument.

How to write a persuasive essay

Take a stance. What do you think about the issue? What side will you take? Be aware of any prejudices you might have that could color your argument. What resolution will you suggest?

Know your audience. Determine if your audience will agree with your position and why they may not. You must be able to understand both sides of the issue in order to successfully argue your point of view.

Thoroughly research your topic. The point of a persuasive essay is to provide detailed and compelling evidence—you should be able to disprove the opposing argument. It will likely be necessary to undertake library-based research in order to accomplish this.

Think about the structure of your essay. Determine what evidence you will include and the order in which you will present it. Remember, it must be logical.

Support your argument. Use hard facts. You can gather these from your research, observations, or personal experiences. But be careful! In order to avoid plagiarism, you must cite your sources. You should always use verifiable statistics. It is important to be able to back up your argument with data. In order to further strengthen the argument in your persuasive essay, try using one or two direct quotes from experts on the topic. Finally, provide meaningful examples to enhance and clearly illustrate your argument.

How to organize your persuasive essay

The introduction.The introduction in your persuasive essay should grab the readers' attention and provide background information about your subject. It should end with a clear statement of your thesis.

The body. The body should consist of all the arguments that support your thesis. Each paragraph should focus on one particular point. Next, include one or two paragraphs to succinctly explain and refute the most compelling opposing argument.

The conclusion. The conclusion should restate the main argument and supporting points. After all, the point of a persuasive essay is to convert your readers to your point of view.

Take a breather

Take a day or two off. Let your essay sit and your mind rest. Then, read your persuasive essay with fresh eyes. Ask yourself if your essay is logical and convincing. Will your readersbe persuaded by your argument? Did you provide enough evidence in the way of facts, statistics, quotes, and examples?

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