Persuasive Essay

English Composition I: Persuasive Essay Worksheet

In order to complete this assignment, respond to each prompt alongside the symbol 

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The following questions will ask you to consider the following elements necessary to compose your essay.

  • Thesis statement
  • Supporting claims
  • Sources
  • Opposing view
  • Audience
  • Goal (i.e. your conclusion)

To compose your thesis statement, follow this example

Topic____________________

Stance (what you think)___________________

#1 Reason that supports your argument ___________

#2 Reason that supports your argument ___________

#3 Reason that supports your argument ___________

Example:

Social Media sites should require secure log in for users to guard against misuse, protect user privacy, and monitor criminal behavior such as cyberbullying and fraud.

Social Media sites should require secure log in for users to guard against misuse, protect user privacy, and monitor criminal behavior such as cyberbullying and fraud.

Compose your thesis statement:

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Write a complete topic sentence which includes reason #1

Example: Social media has become a playground for those with bad intentions, while secure logins cannot eliminate all hacking, they can limit the number of users who manipulate the system for misuse.

Write your topic sentence #1 here

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Write a complete sentence which includes reason #2

Example: Invasion of privacy is near epidemic proportions; secure log ins could help limit the number of intrusions users experience in their online communications.

Write your topic sentence #2 here

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Write a complete sentence which includes reason #3

Cyberbullies are emboldened by the anonymity afforded by social media, knowing who has logged on can act as a deterrent, and in worst case scenarios identify those who victimize others sometime resulting in suicide.

Write your topic sentence here #3

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Identify, summarize, and align your sources.

Source (APA reference) #1:

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Is Source #1 from the database? ☐ (remember, at least two sources must be from the databases)

State which reason the source supports your claim, how it does, and why you choose to use it:

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Source (APA reference) #2:

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Is Source #2 from the database? ☐ (remember, at least two sources must be from the databases)

State which reason the source supports your claim, how it does, and why you choose to use it:

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Source (APA reference) #3:

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Is Source #3 from the database? ☐ (remember, at least two sources must be from the databases)

State which reason the source supports your claim, how it does, and why you choose to use it:

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A persuasive essay presents a debatable topic. State the opposing view to your position. (See “Turn Against” here).

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How will you challenge this opposing view? (See “Turn Back” here)

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Define your audience. Audience is not the instructor or your peers (necessarily) but the persons or group you would like to convince that your position is valid and should be considered.

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In the conclusion, you will review your key points and restate the main argument. However, what is the goal of your essay? Write a statement that communicates the outcome or change you would like to see based on your argument.

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