The Art Of Persuasion

In this presentation we’re going to start talking about persuasive writing and if you do not know what persuasive writing is or are not familiar with the word persuasive which is the adjective or persuasion the noun I’ll get into that in a moment just a word of introduction here though normally when we talk about persuasive writing teachers tend to approach this talking about persuasive essays longer pieces of writing that can be more fully developed and say just a paragraph however given that I’m doing this presentation for an audience of people who may be new to the English language and are really just beginning English language writers I’m going to scale it back and we’re going to talk first about persuasive paragraphs and later on we’ll talk about expanding those paragraphs into essays. Read more about persuasion onĀ Edusson.

So let’s get going first of all let’s talk about what a persuasive paragraph is and more to the point what persuasion is a persuasive composition is one that tries to sway or persuade or another word is convince the reader to think the same way about the topic as he or she does so in other words the word persuasion or to persuade means to convince somebody to bring them around to your point of view and you know when you think about it if you go beyond just writing up we try to convince people or persuade people of our point of view every day if you don’t think so think about if you have children the last time you had to try to convince your child to do something he or she didn’t necessarily want to do or perhaps a spouse same kind of thing maybe there was an issue in your neighborhood and you wanted to convince your community leaders to do something like open a park or put up a stop sign in all likelihood what you had to do was persuade them to see your point of view.

The art of persuasion is not something that is just for writing it’s something that we do in everyday life and learning how to write a persuasive paragraph or a persuasive essay is going to be helpful to you in organizing any kind of effort you make involving persuasion so we know what a persuasive composition is now do persuasive compositions have to be totally informative and be as deep deep as say a descriptive or a classification type essay and informing you about the nature of what you’re writing about no the main thing for a persuasive composition is you want to convince somebody to come around to your point of view that’s your primary goal in writing this also don’t think that persuasive writing has to involve just big earth-shaking topics it can very often we see persuasive writing on controversial topics like abortion education a whole range of social issues but we can also write persuasive compositions about involving light casual topics what’s better potato chips or tortilla chips what’s a better television show this show or that show and on and on.

Examining the Essay Question

First thing you do obviously is look at the question my cheese is quite good in that he gives us this this sauce booklet thing which has each of the questions for each week and so for this week it’s what functions does book have within the poem and this is a book of be Aeneid which is what we’re studying this term but it’s quite good that he gives us the booklet at the beginning because it means that I already knew I have this like three weeks ago and so I’ve been like anticipating this and I kind of just have it in the back of my mind I have all of them in the back of my mind just so that it’s not like it’s an unexpected question it’s just something that I’ve been thinking about for the past three weeks the first step by Kate is obviously read the question and just go through and read through.

I mean this week it’s not that much in terms of the task other contrast this is the essay I had for week one there’s the question here but then there’s also this all these kinds of extra things that stuff you could think about so this is the reading but this this is like a paragraph of like some suggestions of things that you could look out similarly a week to this is our on Dido this is the reading here that this is like the question and some like different quotations and things that we could think about so the first thing I do is go through that this week it’s just this little paragraph here so first I’ll go through read that make sure I understand exactly what I have to do okay so as you can see I’ve just gone through and read that first paragraph and made some neater notes on it.

So I underlined some stars and they do impossible things I could talk about so like literary models or the c for the circle models were creatures and just suggest some notes just first first thoughts upon reading that little paragraph of like questions you might want to consider within the overall question so now I mean look at the reading and this is the sort of microchip this is the secondary reading and the stars mainly to keep key works but I try and have a look at all of them if I can so why do now I go through and I basically try and find out where each of these works and I’m you know Oxford also is really good in that and you will be able to find a copy of these in some form or another in Oxford like you it’s not like you will ever be in the situation we you can’t find them or it’s like incredibly rare that that will happen so this here is solo which is search Oxford libraries online and this is basically just like the big catalog of all the Oxford libraries and there are a lot of books and libraries so that you can type in the book and you’ll be able to find out what libraries is available.