The Persuasive Essay
The language of the good persuasive essay is fluent and compact, with precise grammar and spelling, and precision in word choices and argument that leads the reader to the desired conclusion. The language is respectful, relying on reasoned argument.
The introduction leads the reader into the subject matter in a way that is inviting, and provides an overview of the issue.
The introduction contains the thesis, a clear and strong statement of the writer’s opinion, which the remaining essay will attempt to prove or support.
Three or more well thought-out arguments or reasons are given, each an explanation of why the reader should be convinced the thesis is reasonable.
Visuals, such as graphs and charts, are not needed, and are used sparingly if at all. A visual should be highly relevant and add support to an argument in a way that exceeds verbal description.
Demonstrate an awareness of who the potential audience is, and show this understanding by anticipating and addressing counterarguments the audience may voice.
Tie together the arguments and reasons in a way that leads the reader to the conclusion found in the thesis.