Persuasive Writing Samples
Persuasive Writing aims to present an idea to a reader and persuade them to agree with the writer’s point of view.
Learning to write persuasively is a crucial ‘real life’ skill for students. Some examples of persuasive texts include: arguments, expositions, discussions, and letters to the editor, debates, reviews and advertisements.
One of the best ways to learn is to see examples. So…
Check out some Before and After writing examples below for Step 5: Show, Don’t Tell and Step 2: Sizzling Starts below.
And read full Persuasive writing samples to NAPLAN questions, written using Seven Steps concepts.
Step 5: Show, Don't Tell
Mum/Dad, I’m a year older now and I need a rise in my pocket money.
Notice how this just ‘tells’ what the writer wants. Now watch how you can turn this around and Show the argument, which makes it so much more powerful…
It’s time to raise my allowance.
Mum/Dad, I’m a year older now. I pay for my own clothes, like the jeans I bought last week. I’m heading out with friends a lot more, they all want to buy lunch and drinks and food, I can’t ask my friends to pay for me. We want to go see movies, there’s the Kings of Leon concert coming up soon, and you know I play basketball twice a week. I can’t keep asking you for money every day. If you give me a reasonable amount for an allowance, I can learn to budget and pay my own way.
Step 2: Sizzling Starts
It is important that we take care of the world we live in. Enforcing compulsory recycling for all households is an important first step.
While this start does introduce the ‘why’ we should recycle, it certainly isn’t compelling. Using facts makes you instantly ‘care’…
It is estimated that a simple plastic container will take 50,000 years to decompose. How many bottles and plastic containers do you throw out a week? That’s a lot of landfill to leave around for 49,900 years after you die.
My cat Fluffy is soft, purrs and is very loveable. Because of him, I think that cars are better than dogs.
This is a little bit obvious. Here’s a way to stand out…state the reasons why you are against the other side…
Cats are Better than Dogs
They slobber on your best outfit, they bark all night and their breath smells exactly like meat left out in the sun for a week. Dogs as pets, I don’t get it. Give me a cat quiet and curled up on my knee, purrrrlease.
While the museum is a great place to have a nice day out, but most importantly you learn a lot about history.
Yes, this introduces two reasons to visit the museum, but it certainly doesn’t excite you to keep reading.
Visit the Museum
There are naked people at the Melbourne Museum. Lots of them. OK they are models, but at first glance it seems you’ve stumbled on a roomful of nudists. (Michelle Hamer, journalist)
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