How to Write a Persuasive Essay

In a persuasive essay you want to convince the reader to align with your viewpoint on an issue. You will need to develop a series of arguments in which you provide specific evidence to support your claim.
Tip and Guidelines:

1. You want to hook your reader's attention with a strong opening. You also want to establish your position on the issue. Take a strong position either FOR or AGAINST the subject, and make your viewpoint clear from the beginning.

2. In your body paragraphs, elaborate your claim from the introduction. This is where you begin to show the reasoning behind your view. Remember to keep your ideas relevant to your main claim. Share facts and ideas that reinforce your view.

3. You may want to introduce a counter-claim and refute it by using evidence to the contrary. All of the statements you make here should serve to make your original argument even more powerful.

4. Your conclusion is a chance to re-state your thesis using different language. You do not want to re-write your thesis. Your conclusion should be logical based on the claims you have made in the previous paragraphs.