Persuasion paper: Personal Experience Perspective

You must read all of the directions, first, in order to understand how to write this paper. 

 

In this paper you will be giving advice to a person who has a problem (He/She says…I say).   Your choice of problems — the topic — are below.

 

You will invent the person, anyone, who has the problem.  You will just make up a name.  I have a friend named John.

 

You will write a total of five paragraphs, and each paragraph will be a 1/2 page.

The entire paper will be 2 1/2 pages.  Too short a paper will receive a lower grade.  A longer paper will not necessarily get a higher grade.  What matters is quality and that you write 2 1/2 pages, double spaced.

 

Again, for this paper you will write a total of five paragraphs.  You will find the exact choices/topics you will write on farther below, but for now, as an example, suppose you are writing about how to convince someone, John, to go to college (your advice is to help him with his excuses for why he cannot go to college):

 

Para. 1 – In this paragraph you will begin with an introduction that will say who the person is and describe what a good person he or she is in the majority of the paragraph (around 3/4 of it). 

 

            I have a good friend named John.  He is a good person.  He exercises every morning and tries to eat well.  He is a member of his church and likes to take part in fundraisers for his community.  He has two kids… (and so on, for 3/4 of the paragraph).

 

Your paper, no matter the topic, will begin that way.  Then, in that same paragraph, make a transition with the words: In spite of these qualities.  In spite of these qualities, John says he cannot go to college.  Next list, as your thesis points, in three separate sentences, his three excuses.  John says he doesn’t have the confidence and never did well in school beforeJohn also says he doesn’t have the discipline for college and it is just too hardFinally, John says college is too expensive.   (Do not use bold).  Now, the last line of the paragraph will say only, I have some advice for him.

 

(Note: to avoid the monotony of sentences in your introduction — such as,  John plays in a church band.  John runs track.  John earns good grades.  John helps his grandmother — use phrases such as: One thing John loves is…  When he is in church, he likes to…  I have seen him help…  During the daytime, he….  At night, he…  Also, after we got to be better friends, I discovered that John…  Most of all, however, John enjoys… Even though he is not a great guitarist, he loves to play…)

 

Para 2 – In this paragraph start with a strong topic sentence that is the same as your first thesis point in paragraph 1.  John says he doesn’t have the confidence and never did well in school before.  Yes, you will state that sentence twice, once in the first paragraph and again here, in this paragraph.  It is in fact repeated.  The entire rest of the paragraph will be advice from you.  You should have at least four pieces of advice that you develop, in detail, to help him to overcome the specific problem you mentioned in the topic sentence to start this paragraph.  That means you will not just list four things for him to do, but that you will have four things and give detail to them.  Your advice will help him to overcome his “confidence” problem.

 

Para 3 – This paragraph is the same as paragraph two in organization, except you will start with a topic sentence that is the same as your second thesis statement, John also says he doesn’t have the discipline for college and it is just too hard, and of course your advice will be different — designed to address his “discipline problem.” Yes, you will state that sentence twice, once in the first paragraph and again here, in this paragraph.  It is in fact repeated. Give four suggestions to him to overcome his issue, but make sure the suggestions are developed and thus longer than just four sentences.  Remember each paragraph needs to be 1/2 a page.

 

Para 4 – The organization of this paragraph is also the same as the form of paragraphs one and two.  But in this paragraph you will start with a topic sentence that is the same as your third thesis statement, Finally, John says college is too expensive.  Yes, you will state that sentence twice, once in the first paragraph and again here, in this paragraph.  It is in fact repeated.  Then give four suggestions for him to overcome his issue.

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