Persuasive Speech
Paragraph Development

How do you write a persuasive or argumentative paragraph?

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March 27, 2014 7:56AM

An argumentative or persuasive paragraph is one in which you try to convince the reader of something. You state your reasons for believing something and try to get the reader to agree.

To write this type of essay, you need to decide what you actually believe - this is a personal thing, and nobody else can do it for you! Write a list of all the facts you can find which support your belief or which give examples of your belief. Make these into complete sentences and check for punctuation and grammar.

Here is an example of an argumentative or persuasive paragraph:

You should do your own homework. Copying someone else is illegal, and you can get a failing grade or even be kicked out of school. If you cheat on your job, you can be fired or arrested and put into jail; the government will certainly find you if you cheat on your taxes! Copying someone else's homework also means that you never learn how to do that work for yourself, so when you need the information later (let's say the teacher actually gives you a test on it where you can't copy!) then you don't know how to do it and you get another bad grade. Also, if you don't do your homework, you never learn how to discipline yourself to do unpleasant things, and when you grow up you will always have trouble making yourself do things like your job, paying your bills, and saving money. In short, doing your own homework is the best way to go!

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A persuasive essay is an essay in which you try to persuade the reader to believe a certain view or have a certain opinion. A persuasive essay usually contains relevant sources and statistics that persuade a reader to believe this viewpoint.

They are usually structured similarly to this:

Introduction Paragraph: Includes a topic sentence, which quickly demonstrates the view you are trying to persuade. Includes the outline of what and how you will persuade the reader in the following paragraphs.

Body Paragraphs: The amount of words you need to write and how many points you would like to present determine how many body paragraphs you will have. In the body paragraphs you present your points, present sources that support your points, and explain how they support your points

Summary: This summarises and concludes your essay. It briefly skims over what you have already said, and you again state how what you have said supports your point.