A persuasive essay is a type of paper that encourages the reader to take some action or support author’s point of view. Below you can find a step by step guide on how to write it in only two hours. Look it through and try! And don’t forget to let me know about your results.
Step #1 Define your opinion. In order to do that, answer the three following questions: what are the advantages and disadvantages of the issue or problem. What is your position? What are the three main arguments to support your position?
Step #2 Create a table with advantages and disadvantages of the issue. This will help you to understand your topic better and become familiar with opposite views. Let’s imagine that we are writing an essay on a ban of slot machines business. And you decided to support the ban. Take a piece of paper and divide it into two. One part will be for “pros” and the other one for “cons.” Fill the each part with at least three statements. One side will be about positives that these machines bring, for example, this business is very profitable and taxes it pays go for community needs. The other side will be about negative effect of this business. In this case you can write that some people are dependent on it, it is often illegal, and it gives a bad example to the younger generation.
Step #3 Use your table to generate essay thesis statement. Again, let’s go back to our slot machines business. To write down your thesis statement all you need to do is connect your opinion with your arguments. So, if you remember, we decided that you support the ban of slot machines business, and you have already written your arguments in “cons” column. Simply combine them and viola! This is what our example thesis statement will look like: slot machines business should be banned because it makes people dependent, it is mostly illegal, and it gives a bad example to the young.
Step #4 Now that you have your thesis statement you can finally write an introduction. The first sentence of your essay has to be some kind of “hook” that will attract reader’s attention. For example, you can star with a question: “Have you ever experienced a feeling of ultimate joy?” And the reader will think, “Yes,” and try to recollect the moment in his memory. But don’t worry, you will bring him back in a few sentences describing a problem declared in your thesis statement. By the way, that statement should be the last sentence of your introductory paragraph.
Step #5 In order to write the main body of your essay, come back to the table from step #2. As you remember, you have your arguments there. We have chosen only three for our example, but you can also have five arguments in your paper or even more. Three is a minimum, that is why it is considered to be standard. So, each of your argument should be expanded to a paragraph. This way the body of your essay will consist of three paragraphs. If you know the structure of a simple academic paragraph, you will put the argument at the beginning of it. The next sentences will only support the argument with evidence or examples.