Persuasive Essay Writing Assignment: Community or Bay Area Issues 7th Grade, Mrs. Becker Winter 2010 Step One: Persuasive Essay Topic due Friday, 2/5. Send a one-sentence email to Mrs. Becker with your thesis statement. Your thesis statement must include your topic and what three ways you will argue about it. For example, you might write: The Golden Gate Bridge does not need a suicide barrier because it will cause tolls to increase again to offset the costs, it won’t stop jumpers from killing themselves anyway, and it will look ugly. Step Two: Progressive Draft #1 due Wednesday, 2/10: full name and date in upper right corner; title (centered); complete first paragraph with hook, summary, and thesis statement. Step Three: Progressive Draft #2 due Wednesday, 2/24: draft with improvements/ corrections made from Progressive Draft #1, plus three complete body paragraphs with topic sentences, quotations, analysis and concluding sentences. Use MLA citation for your quotations. (See Study Guide for details on MLA citation). Each body paragraph must use a source for evidence, such as a magazine article, newspaper article, book, interview, etc. Step Four: Final Draft due Wednesday, 3/3: final, fully proofread draft due, including four previously submitted paragraphs, plus a concession paragraph and a concluding paragraph. Additionally, attach your Bibliography as the last page. A concession paragraph acknowledges and anticipates a counter- argument. It may or may not have a quote in it. A conclusion contains a "call to action" or in other words, a statement of what you want your reader to do. Again, please refer to the Study Guide for proper formatting for the bibliography.
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