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Writing a Persuasive Essay

Once you finish prewriting, you are ready to create the first draft of your essay. These writing activities will help you create a strong beginning, middle, and ending for your persuasive essay.

Writing the Beginning Paragraph

The beginning paragraph of your essay is very important. It should get the reader interested in your topic, and it should state your opinion. To gain your reader’s interest, share some important background information, ask a question, begin with a quotation, or start with a surprising statement.

Read a sample, and write your beginning paragraph.

Read this beginning paragraph, and then write your own. Make a copy of this Google doc or download a Word template.

Topic NamedMany local schools have decided to install metal detectors. But are metal detectors the answer for all schools?Key Question The answer to this question for King Middle School is no. Our school has a good safety record. For this and other reasons, metal Opinion Statement detectors are not needed.

Beginning Paragraph

(Answers will vary.)

This lesson is a part of the Writing Persuasive Essays unit.

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