Good Intro To Persuasive Essay

Persuasive Essay Outline explanation

  • Structure of a five paragraph persuasive essay
    • Introduction (3-5 sentences)
      • Hook: Grab the reader’s attention with a quote, scenario, question, vivid description, etc. Must be related to your topic. (1-2 sentences)
      • Thesis statement: Simply and clearly state your position on the issue(1 sentence )
      • Three arguments. Choose three arguments you can use to convince your reader of your position. Briefly state these arguments here. (1-3 sentences)
    • Paragraph 2 (5-8 sentences)
      • Go back to paragraph one and find your first argument. Then write a paragraph about it.
      • Use specific examples to support your argument
      • Write a transition sentence.
    • Paragraph 3 (5-8 sentences)
      • Go back to paragraph one and find your second argument. Write a paragraph about it .
      • Use specific examples to support your argument. You should authoritative websites to give facts, statistics, supporting quotations, studies, research, etc.
      •  Write a transition sentence.
    • Paragraph 4 (5-8 sentences)
      • Go back to paragraph one and find your third argument. Write a paragraph about it.
      • Use specific examples to support your argument
      • Write a transition sentence.
    • Conclusion (3-5 sentences)
      • Summarize—restate your thesis statement and three arguments in different words
      • Make a closing statement. Tie your closing statement back to your opening hook.

Outline Persuasive Essay

  • Directions: Use the outline form below to organize your persuasive essay. Choose your topic and three arguments to support your opinion. Section I is for your introduction. Section II is for the body (one paragraph for each argument). Section III is for your conclusion. Topic___________________________________________________________________ I. Introduction

 a. Hook_______________________________________________________

b. Thesis statement______________________________________________

c. Argument #1_________________________________________________

d. Argument #2_________________________________________________

e. Argument #3_________________________________________________

II. Body  Paragraph #1

      a. Argument #1_________________________________________________

      b.  Example #1____________________________________________

      c. Example #2____________________________________________

      d. Example #3____________________________________________

      e. Transition_____________________________________________

Body Paragraph #2

      a. Argument #2_________________________________________________

      b.  Example #1____________________________________________

      c. Example #2____________________________________________

      d. Example #3____________________________________________

      e. Transition_____________________________________________

Body Paragraph #3

      a. Argument #3_________________________________________________

       b.  Example #1____________________________________________

      c. Example #2____________________________________________

      d. Example #3____________________________________________

      e. Transition_____________________________________________

III. Conclusion

a. Restate thesis (different words)__________________________________

b. Restate arguments (different words)___ ____________________________

c. Clincher (tie it all together)______________________________________

There are three parts to a Persuasive Essay:

Part One-Introduction Paragraphs

Part Two-Body Paragraphs

Part Three-Conclusion Paragraphs

Introduction Paragraph

There are three parts to a Introduction Paragraph:

TS- Explain what you think is true or right.

CD- Give three really strong examples that PROVE why you are true or right.

CS-Say your TS again in stronger more emotional words

1st Example of Introduction Paragraph:

(indent———>I strongly agree that all students should get iPod Touches. Three reasons this should happen are that every child would be smarter, happier, and safer. If you care about these things, and I know that I do, then you will purchase new iPod touches for all the children of East Newark

Comments: this is a good for beginners.  It would get a 100 on my checklist for Intro Pargraphs but is still fast and easy to write.

2nd Example of Introduction Paragraph:

(indent———>Please picture in your mind a world where children all had iPod Touches. Can you imagine what a wonderful world it would be if all children were smarter, happier, and safer? I can, so I strongly agree that all children in East Newark Students should be supplied with iPod Touches.

Comments: this is a good type because it is structured, easy to write, and has advanced grammar.

Structure: There is a sandwich of TS,CD,CS that is brief but very specific. The focus of the paragraph goes from general to specific.

Easy to write: the fact that we have used these same transitions in our 4 Steps (Please picture in your mind… Can you imagine…?) makes writing these sentences easy, even if you are stressed because of testing time constraints. Feel free to use advanced Phase II transitions too (Imagine, if you will, …)

Advanced Grammar: These sentences look simple but really they utilize imperative, interrogative, and compound sentence types. If you use the advanced Phase II transition then you also use complex sentences.

3rd Example of Introduction Paragraph:

(indent———>Jose is a 13 year-old boy living in East Newark, NJ. Jose has a problem. Jose is NOT as smart, happy, or safe as he could be if he had an iPod Touch. You want Jose to be smarter, right? You want him to be happier right? What about SAFER?! Of course you do. And so do I. That’s why we must work together finding funding to pay for new iPod Touches for each boy and girl like Jose in East Newark.

Comments: This style represents when a writer is trying experiements. It is ONLY for 8th grade writers experimenting with structure, grammar, and style

Structure: You may have noticed that I didn’t apply the colors of the Jane Schaffer this kind of paragraph. That is because this kind of paragraph breaks out of that structure. This is only allowed once the other two example of Introduction Paragraph have been mastered. The structure is set up more like a story with a problem that the character tries to solve.

Grammar: When your writing is being judged you want to make sure it is:

  1. easy to read
  2. specific,
  3. engaging

Getting all these three at once is something even masters struggle with.

© 2010 David Mach

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