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Writing Five Paragraph PERSUASIVE ESSAYS

Persuade means to move by argument

A persuasive essay is written to make the reader agree with your point of view. When you write this kind of essay 
you must decide if you are for or against an issue. For example, on the issue of abortion you would be either for 
legal abortions or against legal abortions. You should NOT show both sides of an issue.

To get a good score on the HSPA, your essay must follow the format below:

PARAGRAPH # 1 = Introduction          

INCLUDES:
l “SHOULD STATEMENT” (your point of view)
l  Clarifiers that tell reader about current situation

PARAGRAPH # 2 = A Body   Paragraph                 

INCLUDES:
l Transitional words (To begin with, First, The first reason)
l REASON #1 for supporting your point of view
l At least 2 supporting details* for reason #1

 PARAGRAPH # 3 = A Body   Paragraph  

INCLUDES:
l Transitional words (Next, In addition, Furthermore, Another Reason)
l
REASON #2 for supporting your point of view

l At least 2 supporting details* for reason #2

 PARAGRAPH # 4 = A Body   Paragraph        

INCLUDES:
l Transitional words (Next, In addition, Furthermore, Another Reason)
l
REASON #2 for supporting your point of view

l At least 2 supporting details* for reason #2

  PARAGRAPH # 5 = Conclusion

INCLUDES:
l Transitional words (In conclusion,)

l REITERATION OF POINT OF VIEW (restate viewpoint again)
l
Brief summary of the three reason listed in the body paragraphs
l
CALL TO ACTION (tell reader to do something to support your view)

* SUPPORTING DETAILS may include: facts, personal observations, expert’s opinion, and statistics. 
They should NOT include EMOTIONAL APPEALS or the opinion of someone who is not an expert.

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INSTRUCTIONS FOR MRS. FRANCIS' ENGLISH 11 STUDENTS ONLY:

* WHEN WRITING THE PERSUASIVE ESSAY ON WHETHER OR NOT THE ADVENTURES OF HUCKLEBERRY FINN 
SHOULD BE READ IN SCHOOL
in the introduction of your essay briefly list three reasons why you believe your point of view. 
THEN, expand on those reasons in the body paragraphs (one reason per body paragraph).  You should describe specific events
in the story
that connect to your reasons OR use quotes from the book to support your reasons. Events and quotes are considered
as facts. They are in the book in black and white. They are FACTS, but how you interpret them will be your OPINION.

CLICK HERE TO VIEW: HUCK FINN SAMPLE PERSUASIVE ESSAY


* WHEN WRITING THE SCARLET LETTER PERSUASIVE ESSAY (stating whether or not a character is admirable), 
use examples from the story that show the character's personality. For example, Hester is an admirable person because 
she keeps secrets when she promises to do so. This would be a reason why she is admirable. Provide supporting details 
by giving specific examples from the story that show how Hester kept secrets.

PLAN YOUR ESSAY BEFORE YOU WRITE: You may decide to use a graphic organizer  

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