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Write a Persuasive Paper

One of the most common writing assignments is a persuasive or argumentative essay. Its purpose is to convince the audience to adopt a certain viewpoint or take a specific action. A persuasive essay generally includes an introduction and assertion, body paragraphs which refute any opposing views and contain arguments that support your assertion, and a conclusion.


One of the challenges of writing a persuasive essay is backing up your opinion with facts that will give credibility to your argument and help convince your readers to agree with your point of view.


To write a persuasive essay:

  • Select a topic that you feel strongly about. The most interesting topics are generally current, local and controversial.
  • Begin your essay with an introduction and an assertion:
    • The introduction should state the problem or main topic of your paper, and provide two or three examples depicting the problem.
    • The assertion, also called your thesis statement, should state your viewpoint on the problem, or what your paper is going to attempt to prove.

Be sure to determine who your audience is and address the points that are important to them.

  • Next, state any opposing views and then provide facts and examples that support your argument. Be sure to check your information sources to make sure they are credible, and cite them in a bibliography.
  • As a build-up to your conclusion, provide the details necessary to refute the opposing views. Remember to appeal to your intended audience and use sound reasoning.
  • Write the conclusion by restating your assertion. Keep the conclusion brief and to the point and make sure it ties the reader back to the problem or main topic of your paper.

To write a persuasive paper in WebspirationPRO:

1. Open a new WebspiratonPRO outline or click the Templates/Examples button on the Starter screen to open the Persuasive Writing Outline template.
2. If using the template, the predefined topics will guide you, or you can begin from scratch by creating topics as you follow the steps outlined above.
3. Use the Notes area of each topic to expand on your ideas and arguments.
4. When finished, transfer your document to your favorite word processor to complete your paper.

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