Warm-Up for Persuasive Essays
Persuasive essays share an opinion and attempt to convince readers to agree with it. This unit will show you how to build a strong argument that influences your readers.
What Is a Persuasive Essay?
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A persuasive essay allows you to express and support an opinion about an important topic—often a topic that pulls people in different directions.
Does homework really help you? Are school uniforms a good idea? Is more security needed in your school? You have opinions about these topics, right? In fact, you have opinions about a lot of things. Everyone does.
The purpose of persuasive writing is to convince readers to agree with an opinion. To be convincing, you must learn a great deal about your topic. Then you must write about it clearly and thoughtfully. In this unit, you will write a persuasive essay about an important school-related topic.
Thinking About Opinions
An opinion is a personally held belief that cannot be proven to be true. The central idea or argument of a persuasive essay is expressed in an opinion statement. An opinion statement shares a specific opinion about an interesting topic.
Sample Opinion Statement
A special bike lane is needed on all busy streets.
- Specific topic: Bike lanes
- Thought or feeling: Needed on all busy streets