English - Argumentative and persuasive writing
Argumentative and persuasive writing
In argumentative and persuasive writing the structure is logical.
In this kind of writing your purpose is to persuade your reader to your
point of view, so your arguments, evidence, sequence of ideas and use of
language are very important.
Some students see this as the easiest form of writing because there is a
recognised structure to its basic format. That is probably the key to a
good argument - clear, logical structure. State  your contention, 
mount your supporting arguments, rebut the views of the opposition and come
to a strong conclusion.
However, there are some other interesting and persuasive ways to present
your viewpoints that we considered in the earlier discussion on a point of
view essay.  Try formatting your material differently. Instead of a
formal argumentative essay, why not script a debate between two people from
opposing sides. Your content remains the same, but your presentation of it
is more interesting.
The key to successful persuasive writing is to have a strong opinion and
to care about the issue.  Some writers often use humour, satire,
even irony  and yet they are very successful at persuading the
There are various styles of argumentative and persuasive writing.
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