Persuasive writing summary
Persuasive writing is sometimes called argumentative writing or opinionative writing. Some people distinguish between these forms, but in practice there's very little difference.
Besides school assignments, you will find persuasive writing techniques used in newspaper editorials, letters, feature articles and advertisements. Many of these techniques are also used in oral activities such as speeches and radio broadcasts.
How can I do it?
- State the point you wish to make in an introduction. If possible, express it in a way which will intrigue readers and make them want to read on.
- Use a separate paragraph for each idea supporting your opinion. Make sure that these ideas follow logically. For instance, in any paragraph you might state an idea in the first sentence, and then elaborate on it in the remainder of the paragraph.
- Involve readers in the argument; direct your argument at them.
- Use words and phrases which show how you have analysed the issue.
- Connect the different parts of your argument with appropriate language.
- Make your last paragraph a clear conclusion, which reflects the original point you made in your introduction.
What is analysis?
When you analyse an issue you look at it critically. This could mean that you:
compare, contrast, criticise, evaluate, explain, interpret, justify, review.
How can I make connections?
There are many words and phrases which you can use to link ideas, sentences or paragraphs.
as a consequence
as a result
it is clear that
on the one hand