Guidelines to Persuasive Writing

1.  Remember that your purpose is to convince your audience to believe your point of view!

2.  Once you know what your topic to write about is, brainstorm the pros and cons of your topic.  If you aren't sure which point of view to write about, focus on the lists that you just brainstormed; the pros and cons.  Which list has the most believable choices?  That is the point of view you should develop into a persuasive essay! 

3.  Remember to stick with one point of view - an example could be, 'Young drivers should not be allowed to use cell phones while driving.'  You don't want to confuse your readers and begin convincing them with reasons that young drivers should be allowed to use cell phones while driving.  If you have convinced your reader of anything, that would be that you are 'riding the fence'!  (yes, another idiom!) 

4.  The Golden Rules

 **The introduction should include a 'hook'.  This could be in the form of an anecdote,  a cool quote, or a believable statistic.     

**Write in 2nd person point of view by using the pronoun, 'you'.       

**You should have 2 arguments to convince your readers. 

**One of these arguments can be to concede a point to the opposition; to refute.

Example You want a shirt that cost $85 and you only have $75.  Your parents have told you they won't pay $85 for a shirt.  You try to convince them that you have $75 and only need $10 to buy it yourself.  You hope that they see how much the shirt means to you if you are going to pay for more than 3/4 of it. 

**Each argument must have 1 strong fact and you need to support this fact with 2 to  3 supporting details.

**Organize your arguments from the weakest to the strongest.

**Transitions between the paragraphs are crucial to create a 'blending of your thoughts'.

**Your conclusion is your last chance to convince your reader!  End your essay with a strong argument or a call to action