Assignment Essay Persuasive

Peer Review II for the Persuasive Essay

Read the essay through, quickly. Then reread it with the following questions in mind. Please write extensive comments either on your peer's draft where applicable or on this handout.

If you need more room, write on the back of pages of the essay.

  1. Does this draft respond to the assignment (i.e., persuasion of a specific audience w/ appeals to reason, character, emotion, and style where appropriate)? Explain.
  2. Are the needs of the audience kept in mind? For instance, do some concepts or words need to be defined? Is the evidence (examples, testimony of authorities, personal observations, etc.) clear and effective? Get into the margins of the draft and comment.
  3. Has any obvious evidence/counter-evidence been overlooked?
  4. Can you accept the writer's assumptions? Why or why not? Be specific.
  5. Scrutinize each paragraph separately:
    1. What is the basic point?
    2. How does each paragraph relate to the essay's thesis?
    3. Should some paragraphs be further developed, condensed, combined, rearranged, or deleted? (If you "outline" each paragraph by briefly stating the main topic in the margins, that will help you answer these questions more effectively.)
    4. Is each sentence clearly related to the one preceding it--and the one that follows?
  6. Are the introductory and concluding paragraphs effective? What works so far--and what might need revision? Please be specific in your advice.
  7. What are this paper's major strengths?
  8. What major revision do you think the writer of this persuasive essay should consider first?
  9. Last but not least: mechanics. If time permits, points out errors in spelling, punctuation, or grammar. Circle them for the writer, but let the writer figure out what to do about it.

Persuasive Essay

Assignment Sheet

Have you ever wanted to convince someone that your opinion is right? Are there things in your school, city, state, country or world you think should change? Persuasion is the act of causing someone to do something by means of argument or reasoning. If you communicate clearly, and support your opinion with evidence, you can persuade your readers to agree with you. Persuasive writing and speaking is often the first step in creating change.

In persuasive writing, a writer takes a position




an issue and writes toconvince the reader to believe or do something. In order to convince the reader you needmore than opinion; you need facts or examples to back your opinion.Persuasive writing follows a particular format. It has an


(hook), a


where the argument is developed, and a


. After writing an essay, like anyother piece of writing, you should read, revise, peer edit before publishing the finalproduct. Before starting, check the


to see how you will be evaluated, as well as, allthe ingredients required to write the essay.

As a general guideline, when writing a persuasive essay:

Have a firm opinion that you want your reader to accept.

Begin with a grabber or hook to get the reader's attention.

Offer evidence to support your opinion by using your sources.

Conclude with a restatement of what you want the reader to do or believe. Use yourgraphic organizer to help you.

An example of a persuasive essay topic would be: Topic: 

The effects of locker searches 

Your opinion/position: 

I believe that since the locker is on school property then the school should be able to search them whenever they want.

***Don’t forget:

Transitions are words and phrases that connect ideas and show how they arerelated. Use your transition handout.





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