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Writing A Persuasive Essay: Great, Elaborate Hints

Persuasive essays are not that difficult when you realize one thing—every issue-related research paper you’ve ever written is really a persuasive essay. Any paper where you present your point of view and try to convince your audience that you are right through evidence is a persuasive essay.

Hint 1: Structure of the Persuasive Essay

Depending upon length, persuasive essays follow two basic structures.

Structure One (better for short papers)

  1. Introductory Paragraph where You Move to a Thesis at the End
  2. Body Paragraphs—This is where you present your evidence for your thesis. These can range from three paragraphs (for a five paragraph essay) to more, depending upon the length of your essay
  3. Conclusion—refer back to assignment or bring the issue into the very present moment—and reassert thesis in a new way.

Structure Two

  1. Introduction—Discuss issue at length before moving to thesis paragraph
  2. Thesis Paragraph with thesis statement firmly placed at the end to guide your essay and keep it on track.
  3. Body/Evidence Paragraphs
  4. Conclusion (see above).

Hint 2: Great Introductions for Persuasive Essays.

Don’t be afraid of the “I” statement. In fact, the “I believe” kind of statement can help guide your essay and help you keep the persuasive tone throughout. Great introductions look at the issue from a distance before closing in on the one aspect of the issue you will discuss in your essay.

Hint 3: Research Provides Great Evidence

Evidence is easy to find today given all the great scholastic resources online. Also, your school’s library will have all kinds of academic journals online. Make sure your evidence relates to the aspect of the issue you are persuading and make sure to provide evidence of your thesis in every paragraph.

Hint 4: Great Conclusions—Bring it Into the Present

Great conclusions are easy to write for issue-type persuasive essay—all you do is try to find out what has been happening as close to the present moment as you can. For example, if your issue is “global warming,” perhaps move to a statement such as “Last week, in fact, researchers reported that because of global warming, polar bears are expected to become extinct by . . . “

Then you can muse upon the implications of that very current implication while reasserting your thesis at the very end. This is a great trick that works for almost any essay.

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