Writing a Persuasive Essay

A persuasive essay is one of the most popular homework assignments, because it deals with your ability to persuade the reader of your point of view - a skill which is indispensable virtually in every sphere of life. The main idea of a persuasive essay is to convince the reader to take your side of the problem and share your view. You may be given the topic straight away by your professor, or you may be free to choose the topic yourself. If the latter is the case, the topic needs to be chosen based on its depth and controversial nature. For example, you may want to persuade the reader that you love apples, but is there really a point for doing that? And how many arguments can you really provide in favor of apples? And, most importantly, how many people strongly disagree that apples are good for you? Some good topics for a persuasive essay are: gender rights, universal education, abortion, euthanasia, drinking alcohol and so on. The multiple topics may be found, for example, in the dissertation abstracts international database. Writing a good persuasive essay is not an easy task, however, it is achievable.

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Taking into account that many persuasive essays concern controversial topics, before writing, you may need to sit down and think about what your opinion on the subject actually is. Planning is essential in any type of home task, from making a powerpoint presentation to providing American Government homework help to your friend. So pick a side in the given problem and think about why you think so. When prior brainstorming is complete, you may start drafting your essay.

A persuasive essay is different from an argumentative essay in a way that, when you try to persuade the reader, you may rely not only on facts and evidence (which you would normally do with an argumentative essay), but also on emotional appeals to the reader. So, when writing a persuasive essay, evidence like "80% of whales wander ashore because of human-caused ocean pollution" is just as valid for your essay as "Can you imagine what a horrible death a whale suffers, suffocating on the shore?" Persuasion is about strong opinion and evidence.

The structure of the essay is standard, as, for instance, it is suggested in high school book report template: introduction, body paragraphs and conclusion. The introductory statement must explain the importance and controversy of the topic given. This importance can be conveyed by means of a "hook" first sentence, which will immediately grasp the attention of the reader. For example, "Imagine empty oceans, with no underwater life". Your reader will instantly envision the problem and thus be compelled to continue reading. At the end of the introductory part, your view must be clearly given. The conclusion of a persuasive essay must briefly restate your view and main arguments that support it once more, and give predictions about the future development of the subject area.

After writing a persuasive essay, you will need to check it for form and content. Under the form, we understand grammar, vocabulary and punctuation, and also paragraphing and linking throughout the text. Under content, we understand the arguments themselves, i.e. what was said.

Here are a number of points you should pay attention to:

  • proofread the first time to correct grammar and spelling, without paying attention to the content of your essay
  • see if the paragraphs are evenly sized, and have approximately the same number of sentences
  • check if the text parts are linked properly, if you used enough linking words, they are all different and used in appropriate places. Remember that too many linking words are also a bad idea.
  • see if every paragraph contains one central argument you want to make and you don’t jump from topic to topic. Make sure the central argument is presented in the first (topic) sentence of each paragraph.
  • mention not only evidence and comments about why your view is correct, but also the counterargument. You need not only to show that you are right, but that the opposite view is wrong on its own.
  • make sure the arguments you presented really differ from each other. For example, if the first argument was about shortage of money in immigrant shops, and the second was about decreasing sales rates in immigrant shops, this may well be the same argument. Of course, everything depends on your reasoning and your ability to prove your point
  • check if the overall aim of being persuasive was achieved, and if the reader really would want to agree with you. Also, check if your essay is emotionally loaded enough, but does not contain any offensive arguments and is tolerant

I often think that I would like someone to write research paper for me, or write my essays. It is understandable due to the usual lack of time and academic load. However, a persuasive essay is a good tool to really express yourself and research the topic of your essay, thus broadening your knowledge in many spheres. So sometimes you can buy persuasive essay or just do the work on your own.

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