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									Interdisciplinary Writing

    Persuasive Writing on the
          CAPT Test




                    By Mrs. Albertelly and Mr. Batch
About the Test

      Write a persuasive letter based
       on 2 articles on one issue
      Take a strong position on the
       issue and support it using BOTH
       articles.
Discover Your Audience

    Possible audiences
        Newspaper editor
        Political representative
        Someone who can change the problem
    Show an awareness of your
     audience by using the appropriate
     tone, background information, and
     reasoning.
What to Do…
You Must Show:

  You can gather ideas (Brainstorm)
  Put your ideas in logical order
   (Plan)
  Write your ideas in paragraph form
   (Draft)
Essay Quality

  Your essay is going to be the FIRST
   DRAFT
  Do not worry about small mistakes –
   it does not have to be perfect
Take a position

      Make a clear and convincing
       statement of your position
       based on what you read
      Use your thesis statement as
       your guide
Supporting your Argument

     Give details, examples, data, and quotes
      from both articles
     Support must be accurate and relevant
     Use personal experience to provide
      reality to your understanding of the
      problem (relate it to your life or life in
      general)
     Avoid emotional arguments and slang
      (i.e. “the worst”, “the best”, “stupid”,
      “dumb”, “biggest”)
Organize your thoughts

      Ideas must follow a clear pattern that
       is easily understood
      Focus on the main idea; do not get
       side-tracked
      Relate all points back to the main idea
      Use the Sample Organizational
       Format provided on the test
How to Save Time
     Remember purpose and task
     Review title, publisher, and section headings
      for hints about topics and possible bias
     Look for and highlight key words and phrases
      that indicate the pros and cons of the issue
        Should, must, never, always ,problematic,
         cure cause, result
     Look for and highlight key facts, including
      numbers and percentages
     Take notes while you read
     Use the graphic organizer provided to you to
      brainstorm
How to Structure Your
        Essay
How to structure your essay

   Your essay should have 6 paragraphs:
   1. Introduction

   2. Body Idea (#1 + support)

   3. Body Idea (#2 + support)

   4. Body Idea (#3 + support)

   5. *Rebuttal (identifying the opposing
      side)
   6. Conclusion

 * This is what earns you a score of 6!
Writing your Introduction
     Your introduction should always have at least 4
      parts, usually in this order:
 1.   Hook – This “hooks” the reader into your essay
       Quote
       Anecdote
       Statistics
       Fictional Story/Situation
 2.   Background Information
       shows you have previous knowledge on the
        subject
       give the reader a chance to better understand the
        topic
 3.   Thesis Statement – The direction of your essay
 4.   Statement of Arguments – Identifies your three
      main ideas
Writing a Thesis Statement

    Your thesis statement is the answer to the
     essay’s question
        Examples (you do not have to write these):
             Question: Should the death penalty be legal?
             Thesis: The death penalty should be illegal
              because….

             Question: Should schools educate teenagers about
              the potential dangers of gambling?
             Schools should not have to educate teens about
              gambling because….
Writing a Thesis Statement (cont.)

  Your thesis statement gives you (and the
   reader) your plan and direction of the
   essay
  Your thesis statement should:
         be specific
        cover only what you will discuss in your paper
        should be supported with specific evidence
        NEVER say “I”
    The thesis statement usually appears as
     the last or second to last sentence of your
     introduction
Writing a Rebuttal
    Your rebuttal paragraph:
      Shows you understand the other side of the
       argument
      Gives 1 - 2 opposing ideas with support
      Allows you to counter these ideas



        Examples (you do not have to write them):
             “This opposing view is false because…”
             “Although this is a popular view, it can be
              countered with…..”
Writing a Conclusion
   The conclusion synthesizes (fuses, blends,
    integrates) your essay
       Restate your thesis statement (from intro)
       Restate your statement of arguments (from intro)
       Answer the question “So what?”
          Show your readers why this paper was important
          Show that your paper was meaningful and useful
       Review your most important points
       Give your reader a call to action
          Something to think about
          A way to use your paper in the "real" world
          What they can do to put your ideas into action
          Think globally

         *A conclusion NEVER brings up new information, support,
           or topics about the topic!
The End !

								
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