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The following are decent examples of Persuasive / Argumentative Essays, designed to help you think about the form more deeply. They aren’t “slam dunk” essays that guarantee an “A”. In fact, we’ve given you some perspective on how writing instructors would view these examples. Notice how the grammar doesn’t really play into the analysis of the examples; the writing is competent. It’s the ideas and choices that need work.
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Some “Pathos” but emphasis is on “Logos ”—Appeal to logical reasoning and evidence (., Facts, Examples, Historical and Legal Precedents) “Ethos”—Appeal to writer’s or speaker’s character, credentials, trustworthiness “Ethos”— Appeal to writer’s or speaker’s credibility (more so than character); credibility is established through knowledge of subject matter and merits of reasons and factual evidence Persuasive texts may make an “argument,” but they don’t always include elements of a formal argument Include the following elements of Argument: Warrants (Statements about How Evidence Supports Claims) Backing (Support for Warrants) May not take opposing views into account Counterclaim (Opposing Argument) Rebuttals (Respond to and Try to Refute) Heart of Critical Thinking The Online Writing Lab (OWL) at Purdue University is also a helpful resource for getting started with this type of writing, among other things. Writing at the next level for our students whether for college or for life, is argumentative. I would argue that all writing is argumentative — creating a solid thesis, and then defending it with evidence is an invaluable skill. We should know why we think what we think and be able to support that, not only with emotion, but with evidence.