Persuasive Writing

Choose a debatable issue about which you have some knowledge–either through personal experience, televised newscasts, the Internet, or reading. In a multi-paragraph essay, take a stand on the issue by making a policy statement. Defend your position to a general audience of intelligent but skeptical readers.

This is a policy essay which means that your thesis must include a statement that includes a condition of action i.e. should, should not, must, must not, ought

Your essay must include the following elements:

· Introduction that includes comprehensive background information and clear statement of thesis (claim)
· Appropriate academic language & definition of terms

· Logical organization with appropriate transitions

· Well-developed body paragraphs that each have topic sentences that support your claim, each using a different rhetorical strategy

· Comprehensive Description of opposing viewpoint and rebuttal

Conclusion that demonstrates why your analysis is important

Persuasive writing, also known as the argument essay, uses logic and reason to show that one idea is more legitimate than another. It attempts to persuade a reader to adopt a certain point of view or to take a particular action. The argument must always use sound reasoning and solid evidence by stating facts, giving logical reasons, using examples, and quoting experts