- State your opinion on a matter
- Defend (or state both sides of it)
Aristotle’s Rhetorical Triangle
Aristotle got most things wrong, but this might have been the exception. To write persuasively, he said you need to use these three things:
- Appeal to the person’s reason, logos
- To his emotions, pathos
- And to his sense of character, ethos
- Read a few good writing samples of persuasive writing.
- Contribute to discussion to generate ideas about what makes good writing.
- Examine the writing.
- Generate and develop ideas
- Ask questions
- Organize and sequence ideas
- Add detail
- List additional ideas.
- Ask for feedback
- Examine other books for style
- Enhance the vocabulary.
- Ensure appropriate sequence
- compare and contrast
- question and answers
- cause and effect
- Use encyclopaedias, children’s magazines and non-fiction books to locate relevant information to complete the writing task.
- Accept and incorporate revision suggestions from peers and teachers (e.g., add more descriptive words).
- Demonstrate pride and satisfaction
- Add to writing journal.
Basic outline of the writing:
- Topic sentence
- Opening argument 1
- Argument 2
- Argument 3
- Concluding statement
Think OREO - Opinion, Reasoning, Example, Opinion (Restated)
Remember the following:
- Know your audience
- Check your emotions
- Solid facts
- Remember the purpose
Use the following tool for “emotional appeal”
Uses full stops, question marks or exclamation marks at the end of sentences.
Uses paragraphs to show where a new idea begins.
Uses different types of adverbs (place, time, degree, manner, duration, reason, adverb phrases).
Uses a range of connectives and conjunctions to link ideas and information (e.g., to indicate time, to add information).
Start with a simple single paragraph, 3-4 line attempt at “persuasion.” Use the “before writing” strategies but refrain from trying to write a full-blown essay yet.
- Collect about 6-8 such paragraphs.
- Focus on full stops, periods/question/exclamation marks and capitalisation.
Move to 1-page, 2-3 paragraph persuasive style writing. (Read this and other samples first!). This will require greater planning so account for more time. Expect this to be a multi-day project.
Unstoppable Us - By Yuval Noah Harari.
- Read one chapter
- Identify the “opinion(s).”
- Underline the reasoning and examples
- Identify the “restating of the opinion.”
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