Opinion/Argumentative Writing

Argumentative Writing

Techniques used to persuade

(This presenation is taken from the ReadWriteThink.org website. To see the source page, click HERE.)


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The following is taken from ReadWriteThink.org.

To see the page, click HERE.

“Effective persuasion depends upon attention to the audience throughout the writing process. Simply following a traditional formula will not necessarily result in good persuasive writing. Students need to investigate how audience and purpose affect persuasive writing to arrive at persuasive strategies that work. Formulas are only part of the process. Fran Claggett explains, “We must not depend on artificial structures that ultimately reduce the act of composition to formulaic practices” (3). Persuasion requires a wider understanding of how to use a formula as a guide, modifying it strategically to fit the needs of the audience and purpose.”

“Persuasion is the process of one person trying to convince someone to do something. A writer might try to persuade someone to take an action, to support a cause, or to change a habit. Regardless of the purpose, the general process for writing a persuasive text begins with thinking about determining the reader’s feelings on the topic and then deciding what it will take to convince that reader to act.”


To do this we will:

-Consider an author’s purpose for writing and what every author should think about in regards to their audience. Click HERE to download the Purpose/Audience handout.

-Carefully analyze persuasive texts using the Purpose/Audience handout from above.

-Map out your argument using either an interactive online graphic organizer or a paper persuasion map. Click HERE to see the online interactive graphic organizer. Or click HERE to download the paper persuasion map.

-Click HERE for a checklist from Mrs. Hatzigeorgiou’s 7th Grade English Class