americangenius | Student

Always begin with a fact, question, quote, question. A persuasive essay is simple. Your beginning always has to catch the readers eye. State your main idea and three supporting ideas in paragraph one. In your body or paragraphs two-four state one of your supportings in each and go deeper into what your trying to prove. In the end you either finish what your trying to prove or regurgitate your main idea but I advise against it unless your in elementary school. (You know thay persuade means to convince. Always five paragraphs, and don't forget to indent.) 

mikeeverett99 | Student

A perusasive essay is exactly as the name implies - You need to try and persuade the audience to agree with your claim/argument.

To do this effectively there are a number of techniques that must first be understood.  Included in these are:

1.  A hook to grab readers attention in the introduction.  The intro needs to have a strong thesis that states your claim cleary and concisely

2. Proof - Credibility is important and thus research on your topic is essential

3.  Diction/Rhetorical devices - Try to appeal to the emotions AND the Logic of the audience - knowing your audience is extremely important.  Ethical appeal can also be quite powerful.  Use "loaded" words - words that create emotion

4.  Do not forget a counter-argument.  Address the other sides concerns.

5.  Wrap it up nicely - A conclusion that reitierates your point and discusses why your claim is better to the counter

missy26 | Student

A persuasive essay is an argument. Essentially, you are trying to convince the reader that your opinions are the best and that they should come over to your way of thinking. It is a formal style of writing that is very concise and factual in its appproach. A good persuasive essay sets out all of the reasons why your way of thinking is best. However, a brilliant persuasive essay does take account of some of the counter arguments but they often go on to use that information to strengthen their own argument. Strong persuasive writing should use a variety of sentence structure and punctuation as well as passionate language that leaves the reader in no doubt that your argument is best.

mikeeverett99 | Student

A counterclaim is absolutely essential to an effective persuasive piece if credibility is a concern.

bambiworld | Student

There is a lot to agree with in the above answer:

1.  Yes, the intro needs to have a opening sentence that grabs the reader's attention followed by a strong thesis, generally written in one sentence stating your three areas of support (For example:  The three principal reasons that I support some candidate is that she has a proven track record of addressing her constituents' concerns; she supports many of the concerns that I personally have; she has never been reprimanded by her governing body in her entire professional career.).  This is the then followed by a lead in sentence that makes the reader want to continue to read!

2.  Yes, you need proof.  So for each body paragraph (three total), you should take each area of support and well, support it!  Prove that the candidate addresses her constituents' concerns in Body #1; prove that she supports personal concerns in Body #2; and prove that she has never been reprimanded in Body #3.

3.  Yes, use powerful and power-filled words.  Don't use "25 cent" words when you can use something more meaningful  Don't said "said" if you can use "declared."  Don't use "went" if you can use "traveled."

4.  Now here is where I part ways with above response.  I would NEVER show the other side's concern.  Next thing you proved their point!

5.  Yes, reiterate your thesis.  And close with a nice "ribbon" on top your completed package.

Also...remember to start each body paragraph and the conclusion with a transitional phrase or word.

Good practice - I know, practice is a dirty word - is to try to write from the opposing side.  If you can prove a point that you are AGAINST, you are sure to be able to prove one you FAVOR!

Good luck!

aggieteacher88 | Student

I agree with Bambiworld you do not ever show the other side of the arguement.  You want to engage your reader and persuade them to act based on your reasons.