I received the following epigram in the wrapping of a chocolate bar:
“Expect the best, and you may get it.”
Do you agree or disagree with this statement? Prepare to write about it.
On a piece of scratch paper, draw a “t” chart. Label the top left section of the chart, “Agree,” and the top right, “Disagree.” Brainstorms the reasons you might agree or disagree with the epigram in the columns under the appropriate headings.
Now, look over what you have written and decide which perspective for which you would like to craft an argument.
Open your persuasive essay with an introductory paragraph that includes the epigram and your thesis (theory) describing in simple terms your agreement or disagreement with it.
In the body paragraphs of your essay use ideas from your “t” chart to support your point-of-view.
For an even stronger essay, state ideas from the other side of the “t” chart and demonstrate how they are not true.
When done, wrap it up with a snappy concluding paragraph that ties all your ideas together.
(If you are pressed for time, just write the introductory or concluding paragraphs and list the ideas you would use in the body of your essay to support your argument.
When done, read what you’ve written with your writing partners or share it as a comment here on the blog. Compliment one another on the strengths of your arguments, the clarity of your examples, and the vividness of your descriptions. In the end, will any of you change someone in your group’s mind?