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Persuasive Writing

Research, Write, Communicate

Persuasive Writing

Big Idea

A persuasive essay makes an argument for a particular position on an important issue. A well-written persuasive essay convinces an audience to believe an idea or take an action. You can use the persuasive style to write about controversial issues in almost any subject. Most effective persuasion appeals to emotion, ethics, or reason. In other words, effective persuasion appeals to the feelings, beliefs, and thoughts of an audience. Before you take a position and make an argument, you need to gather information by taking notes from a variety of credible sources. What is the secret to writing an effective persuasive essay? Writing an effective persuasive essay has no secrets! Anyone can make a convincing argument.

In this module:Learn how to write an interesting and convincing persuasive essay

  • Learn how to keep the computers and networks you use secure
  • Learn to distinguish different strategies for persuasive writing
  • Choose a controversial issue for an interesting persuasive essay
  • Gather the information you need to write a convincing persuasive essay

Activity 1: Persuasive Style >

Have you ever argued with someone or tried to make them believe something? Being able to explain your position to an audience and convince them to agree is an important communication skill. Learn how to write an interesting and convincing persuasive essay. 

Activity 2: Internet Security >

Do you know how to protect the computers and networks you use? The Internet is a powerful information and communication tool, but it also creates opportunities for dishonest people to practice deception and fraud. Learn how to keep the computers and networks you use secure.

Activity 3: Persuasive Strategies >

Are you a convincing writer and speaker? You can be if you learn some basic persuasive strategies. Most convincing arguments make an effective appeal to the emotion, ethics, or reason of an audience. Learn to distinguish different strategies for persuasive writing.

Activity 4: Issue Choice >

What issue would you like to learn about? Persuasion is usually most interesting when an issue is very important to people. The most remembered persuasions are usually written about the most controversial issues. Choose a controversial issue for an interesting persuasive essay.

Activity 5: Information Gathering >

Do you know how to gather the information you need to make a convincing argument? If you can gather accurate and reliable information, you can make a convincing argument on almost any issue. Gather the information you need to write a convincing persuasive essay.

Look Back >

Reflect on what you learned in this module. Are you are ready to write your persuasive essay? Use the checklist to make sure your tasks are complete. Use the rubric to assess your issue choice, research questions, and notes. 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.

See the checklist (doc) >

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

See the rubric (doc) >