Even though our students learn basic persuasive writing skills long before they come to school ("I'll be really quiet if you buy me that toy"), they don't come to us knowing how to write persuasively. Writing is different than speaking. To persuade through writing, students need to analyze how they successfully convince others through speaking, then combine those skills with solid writing instruction.
Persuasive writing, also known as the argument essay, utilizes logic and reason to show that one idea is more legitimate than another idea. It attempts to persuade a reader to adopt a certain point of view or to take a particular action. The argument must always use sound reasoning and solid evidence by stating facts, giving logical reasons, using examples, and quoting experts.
Rob's students write both passionately and persuasively. Rob has learned how to inspire them. When he presents at our Persuasive Writing Workshop for teachers, he shares insight, but he also shares skillfully-crafted lessons that he created to let his students know they have a valuable voice.
In the on-line WritingFix assignment based on the chapter called "Snow," student writers are challenged to borrow Mowatt's idea of a "Fifth Element." A fifth element, according to Mowatt's chapter, is a modern day discovery that has the potential to change the world. For the lesson WritingFix has posted, students think of a modern day "fifth element" and write an essay that convinces its reader of the importance and significance of the "fifth element" they have chosen; throughout the essay, students are to try out some of the voice techniques they found in Mowatt's essay on snow.
The intention of this specific text is to persuade the reader to help end poverty today by joining ‘Make Poverty History’ and it uses persuasive language and techniques to do this – this essay will explain the effect on the reader and will focus on analysing persuasive language.