Persuasive writing is one of several essay writing styles which students are expected to master. It seems as though students struggle more with the persuasive style of writing than others, because writing persuasively requires more of students than summarizing information which they have researched. Beyond summarizing, authors who write to persuade have to assert a position, gather and evaluate information pertaining to an issue in question, and then synthesize that information to meet an objective; that objective is to influence a reader’s thinking and/or actions.
This Resource Manual is produced to make the process of learning how to write persuasively less challenging for all learners. In addition, it is intended to serve as a resource for those whose role it is to instruct others on how to write persuasively; such as, teachers, tutors, and parents.
Writing persuasively will become much easier for learners using this resource because each phase of the persuasive writing process is explained and modeled. Color coding, use of illustrations, and highlighting of important concepts; along with other strategies that meet the needs of visual learners, are applied throughout this instructional manual.
In closing, this manual will provide users a clear explanation and diagrams of each dimension of persuasive writing: the purpose, components and structure. Its topics range from defining terms such as controversy, to those that teach the function and designing of persuasive thesis statements. Finally, it outlines how an essay’s individual components and sections come together, giving life to a persuasive essay.