Overview: Persuasion is a constant in each and every one of our lives. No matter where we look, what we read, what we see, or who we interact with, we are inevitably going to encounter some form of persuasion. Advertisements want us to buy things. Newspapers and television want to convince us of what we should feel about events. We are put into positions where we must defend our thoughts and beliefs to others, and the process we apply is typically some form of persuasion.
Persuasive writing is one of the most powerful forms of writing—it has the ability to influence one’s thoughts, and also the ability to change one’s mind about a particular issue. The persuasive essay is an ideal opportunity to support an opinion on an issue utilizing researched facts and information. This also gives the chance to recognize that there is an opposing viewpoint to a position and to refute the opposing argument, noting that those who hold the opposing viewpoints are the intended audience of the piece.
Prompt: For this milestone, you will use a guided prompt to write notes that will help you better understand ways to approach the persuasive essay. When following the guide, remember to use feedback from Module One when discussing your topic. These writing notes will help you address the critical elements below, which will ultimately inform your final submission of the persuasive essay. By the end of this activity, you will have completed a writing plan that will be submitted as a single document.
Specifically, the following critical elements must be addressed:
I. Writing Plan
Use this writing plan as a way to gather your thoughts and determine your strategy for writing your persuasive essay. This process will allow you to develop a potential structure for effectively persuading readers to agree with your argument. This plan will be helpful in keeping your thought process on track when you begin writing and revising your essay.
- Describe the argument to be addressed in your persuasive essay, include how the argument is derived from your major, the major you are considering pursuing, or your field of work. [ENG-123-01]
- Determine key points and rationale that will be helpful in supporting the validity of your argument. [ENG-123-03]
- Identify the audience that will be reading your essay. What potential challenges will you have supporting your argument with this demographic?
- Establish a goal that you hope to accomplish with this essay. What will this essay need to be successful? [ENG-123-01]
- List potential resources that could be used as supporting evidence for your argument, and provide a brief description of each and how they will
reinforce your argument. [ENG-123-04]
- Align key points of your argument with supporting resources for establishing an effective essay structure. [ENG-123-04]
- Based on your argument, determine strategic places where integrating evidence would be most effective, provide rationale for each. [ENG-123-