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Persuasive Essay

Research, Write, Communicate

Persuasive Essay Research, Write, Communicate

Big Idea

Are you ready to write a persuasive essay? First, you need to organize the information in your notes and plan your essay. Many persuasive essays begin with an introductory paragraph that gets readers interested in the issue, follow with three (or more) body paragraphs that make a convincing argument, and end with a concluding paragraph that summarizes the argument. A really interesting and convincing essay can make writing seem easy. But most persuasive essays are the result of a lot of hard work. Many successful persuasive writers use feedback from their peers to make their work more interesting and convincing. Learn how to draft, revise, and edit a persuasive essay and you can make a convincing argument about almost any issue.

In this module:

  • Organize your notes and create an outline of your persuasive essay
  • Draft effective introductory, body, and concluding paragraphs
  • Learn how to use different electronic communication tools for learning
  • Use a peer review to make your persuasive essay more interesting and convincing
  • Edit your essay to find and correct problems with writing mechanics

Activity 1: Essay Planning >

How can you use your notes to write an interesting and convincing essay? Most successful writers plan the essay they want to write before they begin writing. You can plan your essay by outlining the structure of your argument. Organize your information and outline your essay.

Activity 2: Effective Paragraphs >

Why are you writing a persuasive essay? Recall that the purpose of your essay is to convince an audience to agree with your position on an issue. You can use your outline to write an engaging introductory paragraph, convincing body paragraphs, and a memorable concluding paragraph.

Activity 3: Electronic Communication >

Have you ever sent or received e-mail or instant messages (IM)? If you have an e-mail address or instant messaging user name, you can exchange written messages with millions of people around the world. Discover how e-mail and instant messages work and learn how to use them.

Activity 4: Peer Review >

Have you given your audience a convincing argument for your position? The best persuasive writers ask someone else to read their work and use the feedback to revise their first draft. Use a peer review to make your persuasive essay more interesting and convincing.

Activity 5: Writing Mechanics >

You have written an interesting and convincing essay, but poor writing mechanics can still make your argument hard to read. Good writing mechanics help your readers stay interested in your essay. Edit your essay to find and correct problems with writing mechanics.

Look Back >

Reflect on what you learned in this module. Are you ready to create a Web page based on your persuasive essay? Use the checklist to make sure your tasks are complete. Use the rubric to assess your essay. Talk about what you learned and how you did your work.

Look Ahead

Checklist: Before you begin, review the checklist for this module. Use the checklist to make sure that you complete all the tasks for each activity.

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Rubric: Before you begin, review the rubric for this module. Use the rubric to help you understand what is important to know and do. 

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