Writing Skills
Learning Activity 5

5-1: Persuasive Writing

In persuasive writing, a writer takes az person for or against an issue and writes to convince the reader to believe or do something. persuasive writing is often used in advertisements to get the reader to buy a product. It is also used in essays and other types of writing to get the reader to accept a point of view. In order to convince the reader you need more than opinion; you need facts or examples to back your opinion.

Write a persuasive paragraph about climate change. You will have to do a little research on the subject. The Internet will provide you with all the information you need. Ideas for topics are:

Follow these steps
  1. What is the opinion you wish to communicate? For example: People's actions are causing climate change
  2. What is the action you would like to see taken? For example: People should walk, ride their bike or take public transportation more.
  3. Compose the topic sentence for your paragraph based upon the opinion you want to communicate and the action you would like to see taken. For example: Climate change is a big concern in our society right now. Canadians should do more to save our earth.
  4. List some reasons to support your opinion. Your reasons can be facts, statements from experts, incidents, examples and descriptions.
  5. Organize your reasons, and write them into sentences that flow coherently in a paragraph. You do not have to use all your reasons in your persuasive paragraph. Choose the most convincing ones.
  6. Conclude your paragraph with a call for action. After you have presented reasons for your opinion, suggest action that the readers can take.