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Persuasive Writing GHS AP11

Persuasive Writing GHS AP11

Author: Grace Ortega

Students will be able to write a persuasive essay using prewriting and organization strategies. 

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What does it mean to be persuasive? 

Where and how do we see persuasion? Give an example.

How do you think this will help you in the future?


Let's Hear from the Australians

Take out a piece of paper and pencil for notes!

How to be Persuasive

  1. Do your research and find evidence to back up your argument
  2. Be creative and use humor in building your case
  3. Appeal to the audience's emotions
  4. Use real life experiences or stories
  5. Listen to other points of view
  6. Then come up with a rebuttal (or counter-attack!)
  7. No insults! Stick to the subject, don't get personal. 

Persuasive Essay Structure and Information

Persuasive Essay Structure


Introductory Paragraph

  • Grab the reader’s attention by using a “hook.”
  • Give an overview of the argument.
  • Close with a thesis statement that reveals the position to be argued.

Body Paragraphs

  • Each body paragraph should focus on one piece of evidence.
  • Within each paragraph, provide sufficient supporting detail.

Opposing View Paragraph

  • Describe and then prove the key points of the opposing view.

Concluding Paragraph

  • Restate and reinforce the thesis and supporting evidence.

Prewriting for the Persuasive Essay

  • Choose a position. Think about the issue and pick the side you wish to advocate.
  • Understand the audience. The writer must understand the reader’s perspective: Is the reader undecided or inclined to favor one side or the other?
  • Do the research. A persuasive essay depends upon solid, convincing evidence. Don’t rely on a single source. Go to the library and enlist the help of the librarian. Speak with community experts and teachers. Read and take notes. There is no substitute for knowledge of both sides of the issue.
  • Identify the most convincing evidence, as well as the key points for the opposing view.

Group Activity

Groups will write an introduction paragraph for their assigned subject. Use prewriting strategies and prepare to present in front of the class. Don't forget your hook and thesis! 

Group 1

Group 2

Group 3 

Group 4


Due TOMORROW, December 16th

Watch TV. Go online. Read a magazine. Listen to the radio.

Type a one page paper (MLA format) about the commercial or ad that attracted your attention. 

  • Describe the commercial or ad
  • Describe the persuasive strategies that were used and how.
  • Did the persuasive strategies change your attitude or beliefs? 


1 point- Perfect grammar and spelling

1 point- Perfect MLA format and typed at least one page

1 point- Described the commercial or ad thoroughly
1 point- Described the persuasive strategies that were used and how.
1 point- Thoroughly described if and how the persuasive strategies changed their attitude or beliefs

Persuasive Essay (Due Thursday)

Type a persuasive essay about an environmental issue (pollution, banning plastic bags, animal extinction, purchasing sustainable products, etc.) using the strategies discussed during the lesson.


1 point: Minimum five paragraphs

1 point: MLA format

1 point: Cited two sources and attached works cited page

1 point: Three or less grammar/spelling mistakes

1 point: Represented pathos, ethos, or logos