Are you a self-proclaimed featherweight champion essay writer? Have you met a worthy opponent in the persuasive essay? Has it left you on the ropes and ready to throw in the towel?
Don’t worry. I’m in your corner. I’m here to help you learn more about what makes an effective persuasive essay.
Here are a few persuasive essay basics and two persuasive essay examples that pack a punch.
Persuasive Essay Basics
The goal of a persuasive essay is simple: convince your audience.
The key to writing an awesome persuasive essay is to follow three basic steps:
- Identify the subject (or focus) of your essay.
- Identify the audience.
- Develop evidence to support your argument that will convince your readers.
Need a few more specifics? Read these:
- Ethos, Pathos, Logos: Be More Persuasive in Your Next Essay
- How to Write a Persuasive Essay That’s Convincing
- Persuasive Essay Writing Made Simple (Infographic)
You can also check out this fun, informative video.
2 Persuasive Essay Examples That Pack a Punch
Here are two short persuasive essay examples that illustrate the basic features of a persuasive essay.
I’ve made a few comments in both persuasive essay examples to help you see what these writers do well and have also made several suggestions for improvements.
Essay #1: Benefits of Annotating
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Essay #2: Effects of Media on Women
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Extra Resources to Make Sure Your Essay Packs a Punch
Need help with essay structure?
- To learn how to write a better opening line, read What Is a Hook Sentence? (Infographic).
- To learn how to write a strong introduction, read How to Write an Essay Introduction in 3 Easy Steps.
- To learn how to write stronger body paragraphs, read Anatomy of the Perfect Essay Paragraph Structure.
- To learn how to write a better conclusion, read How to Write a Killer Conclusion.
Need help with tone and voice?
- To learn why writing in the third-person is important, read Why Third-Person Writing Is Critical to a Great Essay.
- To learn about tailoring your tone to your audience, read How to Control the Tone of an Essay or How Writing for an Audience Makes Your Essay Better.
Need help with adding evidence/support?
- To learn how to use evidence to support your claims, read 3 Types of Essay Support That Prove You Know Your Stuff.
- To learn how to find credible sources, read How to Apply the CRAAP Test to Your Essay Sources.
Want more persuasive essay examples before you take a jab at your own? Check out these essays:
- How TV Violence Affects Society
- Organ Donors Should Be Financially Compensated
- Star BBQ: The Best Stop for Healthy Food
- Why Guns Must Be Banned from American Campuses
Way to Go, Champ!
Just when you thought you were down for the count, you came out swinging and learned a few first-rate tips to help you write a better persuasive essay.
I bet your next championship fight will be with that dreaded revision. (It has a reputation for being a tough opponent.)
I’m confident you can go the distance. But if you’re struggling and need of some additional training, the editors at Kibin are ready for the challenge.