English Composition I: Persuasive Essay Worksheet

In order to complete this assignment, respond to each prompt alongside the symbol

The following questions will ask you to consider the following elements necessary to compose your essay.

Thesis statement

Supporting claims

Sources

Opposing view

Audience

Goal (conclusion)

To compose your thesis statement, follow this example

Topic____________________

Argument___________________

#1 Reason that supports your argument ___________

#2 Reason that supports your argument ___________

#3 Reason that supports your argument ___________

Example:

Social Media sites should require secure log in for users to guard against misuse, protect user privacy, and monitor criminal behavior such as cyberbullying and fraud.

Social Media sites should require secure log in for users to guard against misuse, protect user privacy, and monitor criminal behavior such as cyberbullying and fraud.

Compose your thesis statement:



Write a complete sentencewhich includes reason #1

Example: Social media has become a playground for those with bad intentions, while secure logins cannot eliminate all hacking, they can limit the number of users who manipulate the system for misuse.

Write your topic sentence #1 here

Write a complete sentence which includes reason #2

Example: Invasion of privacy is near epidemic proportions; secure log ins could help limit the number of intrusions users experience in their on line communications.

Write your topic sentence #2here

Write a complete sentence which includes reason #3

Cyberbullies are emboldened by the anonymity afforded by social media, knowing who has logged on can act as a deterrent, and in worst case scenarios identify those who victimize others sometime resulting in suicide.

Write your topic sentencehere #3

Identify, summarize and align your sources.

Source (APA reference) #1:

State which reason the source supports your claim and why.

Source (APA reference) #2:

State which reason the source supports your claim and why.




Source (APA reference) #3:

State which reason the source supports your claim and why.

A persuasive essay presents a debatable topic. State the opposing view to your position.

Define your audience.Audience is not the instructor or your peers (necessarily) but the persons or group you would like to convince that your position is valid and should be considered.

In the conclusion, you will restate the main argument. What is the goal of your essay? Write a statement that communicates the outcome or change you would like to see based on your argument.

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