Sela Pothuizen May 23, 2020 Persuasive
The introduction.The introduction in your persuasive essay should grab the readers attention and provide background information about your subject. It should end with a clear statement of your thesis.
If you don`t have your choice of topic, that`s okay. Research what you are assigned, find a way to connect it to your passions, and develop a real sense of ownership in the argument. But even as you channel your passion, keep your emotions in check. Don`t allow anger or bias to get in the way of a compelling argument.
Writing a persuasive essay is like being a lawyer arguing a case before a jury. The writer takes a stand on an issue—either “for” or “against”—and builds the strongest possible argument to win over the reader.
At the core of any strong argument is solid evidence. The notion that you can fake your way through a persuasive argument only works until you encounter someone who actually understands the subject. Heads up: that`s why your professor was hired. If you want to write a successful persuasive argument, you need to do your research. You need to understand the topic from multiple angles. You should also be able to provide ample evidence for your claims as well as anticipate potential counter-arguments.
Give your reader–even an unsympathetic reader–the respect due him. Be diplomatic. It is not persuasive to suggest that your opponents are morons who simply do not understand the matter, or that they are vicious sociopaths with a destructive hidden agenda. Rely on logic rather than emotion, using words that will elicit a positive reaction from your audience. Give credit to your opponents; then clearly point out the weakness in their position.
Opinions are not arguments. However, arguments stem from opinions. That`s why we construct arguments in the first place, because we have opinions. The key is that you must support your argument, with the aforementioned research, logic, and organization. Don`t be content to just state a point and expect it to win your audience over wholeheartedly. Present your argument, support it with strong evidence, analyze that evidence, and continually develop a sense of why, what, and how all of it together makes your stance the correct one.