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Writing: Persuasion

These sites focus on persuasive and argumentative writing for middle and high school students. Learn about the persuasive techniques used in letters, essays, and advertisements. There are suggested hands-on activities, graphic organizers, writing prompts, and assessment sheets. Includes a link to an eThemes Resource on debate.


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This site provides a good overview about writing in general. Click on the red arrows to see examples of how each paragraph can be constructed.
This is a useful resource for making transitions between sentences and paragraphs. NOTE: This site contains ads.
Here are definitions for an extensive list of rherotical devices that writers often use. Click on "Self Test" and identify the devices used in examples.
This college writing site includes basic features of this type of paper and the steps for writing it.
This straightforward site includes components to include in your argumentative paper. Links on the bottom contain more information on specific aspects of writing. Click on "Coherence: Transitions Between Ideas" for transition ideas to use in writing.
A two-page pdf file provides tips on choosing a topic, selecting a tone, and choosing sources that will persuade others.
Follow the instructions to create a rubric for assessing persuasive writing.
This site offers 10 topic ideas for persuasive writing essays. Includes locker searchers, homework, school uniforms, and censorship.
Read an example of a persuasive essay written by a student.
This powerpoint presentation describes different strategies with examples for persuasion.
A one-page pdf file compares and contrasts argument, persuasion, and propaganda.
In this lesson, students will examine examples of opinion editorials and then write a persuasive letter on school issues. NOTE: This site has links to external sites.
These sites offer tips and activity ideas for sponsoring classroom debates at various grade levels. Learn how to prepare for a debate and how to improve your presentation skills. Includes transcripts and video clips of presidential debates from 1960-2000. There are links to eThemes Resources on writing.

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