Persuasive Essay Format :


*Immediately engage reader (hook)

·      get the reader “in the ballpark”

       *Establish context (topic of essay)

·      usually 2-3 sentences narrowing down to the   point of the paper

·      cite your source with title and author

       *Strong & complete thesis statement


Body: (Have at least 2 strong body paragraphs)

*Begin each para with a clear, concise topic sent

       *Use concrete details (CD)

·       site sources (simplified: such as author’s last name)

*Create insightful commentary to support concrete details (2-3 per CD)

·      shoot for at least 2 CD per paragraph (+ commentary)

       *Create a strong counter argument with commentary


Concl: Restate thesis (say it another way!)

       Answer “So what?”

       Leave reader feeling persuaded or at least challenged


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