Friday, September 27, 2013

Peer Persuasion: What are you teaching the world?

We have embarked upon the early brainstorming for our persuasive writing unit.  It is called "Peer Persuasion."  We've been exploring different topics that can make the world safer and cleaner as well as topics that can help young people be more successful, healthier, or happier.  Students have finally narrowed down the choices and submitted sample thesis statements for their essays. 
In this post, we'll review some of the notes and requirements for this step of the persuasive essay process.

The thesis clearly presents the writer’s position.

The writer

uses three or more relevant facts/reasons to support the thesis.

demonstrates an understanding of the opposing side’s point of view (counter-argument) and respectfully shows why it’s wrong.

understands the intended audience and tailors the presentation accordingly.

The information is presented in a logical, easy-to-follow sequence.

Next, we wrote and turned in our thesis statements for our potential topics.  Most students will get to write about their first choice.  If you were absent, or didn't finish, please write three possible thesis statements and turn them in to your teacher.  See directions and notes below.
Your thesis statement(s) will tell the audience:

your claim, opinion, or what you want them to do or believe

a preview of the reasons/evidence that support this claim

the order in which you will be presenting your reasons and evidence with parallel structure.