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The Persuasive Essay

Hello, writers and teachers,

Congratulations on your excellent final copy of the expository essay! Here's a checklist of essay components and an exemplar. Compare them with your essay and be proud of your accomplishment.

We need to work on two more essays before the state assessments. The first one will be a persuasive essay:

The purpose of a persuasive essay is to convince (persuade) your reader to think the same way you do about a topic. The structure of a persuasive essay is similar to the structure of an expository essay. Study the following document and note the similarities and differences between the two kinds of essays.

Also, study the following checklist of the components of a persuasive essay.

Now, let's begin.

The prompt for your persuasive essay is: 

Do you think cell phones should be allowed in school? Compose an essay to persuade the school community of your opinion.  

This week you will brainstorm/plan the basic points/ideas for your essay. You will need to -

1- Form an opinion about the topic and write an opinion statement. The easiest way to do this is by restating the prompt.

2- Think of three strong reasons why others should share your opinion.

3- Support each reason with three methods of elaboration.

Since this is the planning step of the writing process, you don't need to write complete sentences or add lots of details. In other words, be brief. Your goal is simply to think and organize your thoughts -- you'll get to develop your sentences when you write your first draft. 

The following documents will help you:

Methods of Elaboration (PDF — 98 KB)

Happy planning!

Write Cook

P.S. Valentine's Day is approaching. I found an easy recipe for strawberry heart cookies on Pinterest:

Easy Valentine Cookies
I box of strawberry cake mix
1 stick of melted butter
1 large egg 
several drops of red food coloring (optional)
strawberry frosting 

Combine first four ingredients and stir until dough is uniform in color. Roll out and cut cookies into heart shapes. Bake at 350 degrees for about 10 minutes. Cover cookies with strawberry frosting. Yield: about one dozen. 

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