Persuasion is a constant in each and every one of our lives. No matter where we look, what we read, what we see, or who we interact with, we are inevitably going to encounter some form of persuasion. Advertisements want us to buy things. Newspapers and television want to convince us of what we should feel about events. We are put into positions where we must defend our thoughts and beliefs to others, and the process we apply is typically some form of persuasion.
Persuasive writing is one of the most powerful forms of writing—it has the ability to influence one’s thoughts, and also the ability to change one’s mind about a particular issue. The persuasive essay is an ideal opportunity to support an opinion on an issue utilizing researched facts and information. This also gives the chance to recognize that there is an opposing viewpoint to a position and to refute their argument, noting they are the intended audience of the piece.
Prompt: For this milestone, you will use a guided prompt to write notes that will help you better understand ways to approach the persuasive essay. When following the guide, remember to use feedback from Module One, when discussing your topic. These writing notes will help you address the critical elements below, which will ultimately inform your final submission of the persuasive essay. By the end of this activity, you will have completed a Writing Plan that will be submitted as a single document.