ACADEMIC ENGLISH

PERSUASIVE ESSAYS
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* Persuasive essays = argumentative essays


STEPS IN WRITING AN ESSAY

When we write a persuasive essay, our aim is to convince others to agree with us. We need to show that we are aware of both sides of an argument. We need to show that we have considered other ideas but we have a good reason for not agreeing with them.

These are the steps we take:
1. Think about the question.
2. Think about the main arguments.
3. Decide on our position.
4. Choose 3 main issues to discuss. (one issue per paragraph)
5. Write draft notes - for and against each issue
6. Begin writing the essay. (introduction, 3 fact paragraphs & conclusion)