Essential Questions for Persuasive Writing

Instructor: Matthew Hamel

Matt has degrees in Journalism and Business and has taught a variety of courses at high schools and universities around the world.

Being able to write persuasively is a valuable skill that can enable students to present logical arguments to a wide variety of audiences. This lesson provides information for teachers that students need when undertaking persuasive writing tasks.

Essential Questions for Persuasive Writing

Persuasive writing is an important, but often underutilized skill in many classrooms. The ability to argue, or persuade, should be taught and developed as early as possible in order to enable students to become more critical of their own work and the work of others. This lesson highlights three essential questions students should ask themselves both as they prepare to write and as they are in the midst of putting pen to paper.

What is the purpose of my writing?

All too often, students read a prompt and begin writing immediately without taking time to closely examine the assignment and understand its potential nuances and implications. Because of this, it's vital to stress the importance of prewriting. Ideally, students will divide prewriting into two parts, namely, brainstorming and outlining.

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