We have begun writing persuasive essays in class. Students have learned about the basic format of a persuasive essay. We spent a few days brainstorming meaningful topics at home, school, and in the world. Students then used a graphic organizer to write their thesis/claim and develop at least 3 STRONG reasons. ("Because I said" so was not an option.)
Next, they were to think of supportive detail for each reason. These could be life examples, details, or experiences they have had or witnessed others going through. We are also talking about addressing the counterargument that our audience would most likely reply with. Students had to embed transions for each new paragraph as well as throughout their reason paragraphs. Not only this, but they wrote engaging introductions and will be working on their conclusion in the next few days.
Below is an online tutorial that allows students to practice writing a persuasive essay.
Write My Own Persuasive Essay