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					 Elements of a Persuasive Essay

   1.     Begin with a c_____ statement of your
                         lear
          opinion or position.
   2.     Support your position with o_______
                                       rganized
               elevant
          and r_______ information (evidence).
   3.     Anticipate and address the reader’s
          c______ and c_____-arguments.
           oncerns      ounter


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Elements of a Persuasive Essay

 1. Begin with a c______ statement of
                   lear
 opinion or position.

Pro means you are ______
                         FOR
something.
                       AGAINST
Con means you are _____
something.
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Elements of a Persuasive Essay
 Is this statement FOR or AGAINST
 the use of marijuana?
Sometimes I think it would be okay, but
not always, if people really wanted to
legalize marijuana, but you know, it is
very harmful to your brain cells, even
more than alcohol.
          FOR?     AGAINST?
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 Elements of a Persuasive Essay
  How about this?


For several logical reasons, I do
not think marijuana should be
legalized.


          FOR?      AGAINST?
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 Elements of a Persuasive Essay
 2. Support your position with o________
                                rganized
 and r___________evidence.
      elevant
  Which of the following most strongly supports
  the idea that marijuana should not be legalized?
A. Marijuana damages brain cells that can never be
   replaced.
B. Marijuana is addictive and often leads to the use of
  even stronger, more addictive drugs.
C. Marijuana helps relieve severe pain that other
   pain medicines can’t relieve.
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Elements of a Persuasive Essay
A is probably a stronger argument against
legalizing marijuana than B. This should be
reorganized so that A comes after B.
 A. Marijuana damages brain cells that can never be
 replaced.
 B. Marijuana is addictive and often leads to the use
 of even stronger, more addictive drugs.
 C. Marijuana helps relieve severe pain that other
 pain medicines can’t relieve.

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        ______-argument. A counter-argument is a
C. is a counter
statement that someone who o______ your position
                            pposes
might make.
Restate these items so that the weaker argument
comes first, then the stronger argument, then the
counter-argument.
 B.
___ Marijuana damages brain cells that can never be replaced.
 A.
___ Marijuana is addictive and often leads to the use of even
stronger, more addictive drugs.
C.
___ Some argue that marijuana helps relieve severe pain that
other pain medicines can’t relieve. However, ….


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Elements of a Persuasive Essay
3. Anticipate and address the reader’s
c_______ and counter-arguments.
 oncerns
The essay points are now organized with the strongest
argument after the weaker argument, and also includes
a counter-argument. In a moment you will recreate a
color-coded T-chart with this information.

A. Marijuana is addictive and often leads to the use of even
   stronger, more addictive drugs.
B. Marijuana damages brain cells that can never be replaced.
C. Some argue that marijuana helps relieve severe pain that
   other pain medicines can’t relieve. However, ….

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Elements of a Persuasive Essay
1. Begin with a c______ statement
                 lear
of your opinion or position.
2. Support your position with
o________ and r_________evidence.
 rganized       elevant
3. Anticipate and address reader’s
c________ and c______-arguments.
 oncerns         ounter

              CORC IT!
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Elements of a Persuasive Essay
 C - Clear opinion; for or against
 O Organized and
 R - Relevant facts

  C - Anticipate concerns and
            counterarguments




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    Elements of a Persuasive Essay
   C-    T - For several logical reasons, I do not think marijuana
            should be legalized.


  O-      Marijuana is addictive and          facts and on this
                                            -What goesexamples to
          often leads to the use of even    -side?
                                              support each starred
  R       stronger, more addictive drugs.   - item
           Marijuana damages brain cells    - this includes evidence,
           that can never be replaced.
                                            - facts, statisics,
                                            - expert opinions
  C-       Some argue that marijuana
           helps relieve severe pain that
           other pain medicines can’t
           relieve. However, ….
         Is a persuasive conclusion any different than an
Slide 11 expository conclusion?     YES!
   Elements of a Persuasive Essay
                   onclusion
   - A persuasive c_________ challenges the reader to make
   a d________ or take a specific a______.
      ecision                      ction
   - It also r______ your viewpoint in a m_________ way.
              estates                     emorable



     C- After reviewing these arguments against
     legalizing marijuana, how would you vote on an
     initiative to make marijuana legal?
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     Practice writing your own conclusion on the T-
     Chart, then share it with your group.
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