Your Persuasion essay

 

It’s due before the last day of class.

 

Assignment: Find a controversial article or essay to read—look in your newspapers, online, or in your textbook. Also, you may use the response activity writing at http://www.geocities.com/collegeteaching/response    Also, you may use your Illustrative Paragraph and blow it up into an essay.   Then persuade the reader to see that the article is either right on target or way off base.

 

Remember to write in only third person.

 

Here are the parts:

 

The Introduction Paragraph

 

Your first step in the introduction is to tell the reader the title of the article and the author’s name. Then summarize the article you’ve chosen by explaining to the reader what it is about. You should try and explain the article in at least four sentences, but don’t go over six.

 

You could write: In an article about corporal punishment titled “Get your beat on,” by Cathy Barnum, she writes about the negative and positive effects of corporal punishment in schools. Barnum attempts to explain the negative effects of corporal punishment. She notes that spanking lowers children’s self-worth and hinders their academic abilities. And, she notes that it negatively alters their behavior while instilling fear in them.

 

Next, your job is to deliver THE THESIS: At the end of the first paragraph, you will give your thesis statement. Remember that the thesis statement is the main point you want to make in your entire essay.  This thesis statement is the last sentence in your introduction and it will explain your opinion—what you feel-- about the article you have read.

 

Sample Thesis Statement: While the situation can be seen from the Barnum’s point of view, her opinions are completely wrong  

 

Sample Introduction Paragraph

 

In an article about corporal punishment titled “Get your beat on,” by Cathy Barnum, she writes about the negative and positive effects of corporal punishment in schools. Barnum attempts to explain the negative effects of corporal punishment. She notes that spanking lowers children’s self-worth and hinders their academic abilities. And, she notes that it negatively alters their behavior while instilling fear in them. While the situation can be seen from the Barnum’s point of view, her opinions are completely wrong       

 

 The Body:

 The job of your body is to persuade the reader to see things your way. You can accomplish this by explaining two reasons why you feel the way you do about the article. To do this, you will quote and respond to two points you found in the article with which you agree or disagree.

 

Body Paragraph One:

In body paragraph one, you must start out with a topic sentence that has a transition word or element, and then is followed with a quote.

 

Example Topic Sentence. One thing Barnum is completely wrong in is when she notes “We should beat the kids every day to teach them we love them.”

 

Paragraph One’s Body: Then, in the body of the paragraph, you’ll need to respond to the quoted sentence with SEVERAL SENTENCES of YOUR OWN THIRD PERSON RESPONSE.  You should have at least five sentences of response for each quote.

 

Example Body:  Clearly, her views are insane. Spanking kids is nothing but torture, and no one should torture kids every day. Rather, all people who have them should love their kids and do everything to protect them. Clearly her statements show that Barnum either does not have kids, or she does not love them. Spanking kids every day is not the way to go.

 

Completed Body Paragraph One

 

One thing Barnum is completely wrong in is when she notes “We should beat the kids every day to teach them we love them.” Clearly, her views are insane. Spanking kids is nothing but torture, and no one should torture kids every day. Rather, all people who have them should love their kids and do everything to protect them. Clearly her statements show that Barnum either does not have kids, or she does not love them. Spanking kids every day is not the way to go.

 

Body Paragraph Two:

 

In body paragraph one, you must start out with a topic sentence that has a transition word or element, and then is followed with a quote.

 

Example Topic Sentence. However, the most remarkable thing Barnum is dead wrong about is when she wrote that, “Spanking kids is the best way to teach discipline.”

 

Then, you’ll need to respond to the quoted sentence with SEVERAL SENTENCES of YOUR OWN THIRD PERSON RESPONSE.  You should have at least five sentences of response for each quote.

 

You could write:   It is unimaginable how anyone could see such results from spanking. Spanking can does not teach discipline, it teaches and instills fear in a child. It teaches children that Mommy and Daddy are people to be afraid of.  Consequently, it teaches them that they do not need to behave to be good citizens. Rather, spanking shows children that they’d better be good because they’ll be beat senseless if they don’t.

 

Completed Body Paragraph Two

 

. However, the most remarkable thing Barnum is dead wrong about is when she wrote that, “Spanking kids is the best way to teach discipline.”  It is unimaginable how anyone could see such results from spanking. Spanking does not teach discipline; it teaches and instills fear in a child. It teaches children that Mommy and Daddy are people to be afraid of.  Consequently, it teaches them that they do not need to behave to be good citizens. Rather, spanking shows children that they’d better be good because they’ll be beat senseless if they don’t.

 

The conclusion:

 

You need to start with a transition. You need to restate your thesis. And you need to simply conclude in a way that ties up loose ends.  Your conclusion must be five sentences, also.

 

Example Conclusion:  When examining these points as is done here, it’s easy to see that Barnum’s views miss the mark completely. Her statements are illogical. And, her facts could not be more misconstrued. If she spent more time trying to hit the target with his views, rather than trying to hit his kids, she may have something worthwhile to read. That’s why Cathy Barnum’s article “Get your beat on” is terrible.

 

 

Sample Persuasion Essay

 

In an article about corporal punishment titled “Get your beat on,” by Cathy Barnum, she writes about the negative and positive effects of corporal punishment in schools. Barnum attempts to explain the negative effects of corporal punishment. She notes that spanking lowers children’s self-worth and hinders their academic abilities. And, she notes that it negatively alters their behavior while instilling fear in them. While the situation can be seen from the Barnum’s point of view, her opinions are completely wrong       

One thing Barnum is completely wrong in is when she notes “We should beat the kids every day to teach them we love them” (17). Clearly, her views are insane. Spanking kids is nothing but torture, and no one should torture kids every day. Rather, all people who have them should love their kids and do everything to protect them. Clearly her statements show that Barnum either does not have kids, or she does not love them. Spanking kids every day is not the way to go.

However, the most remarkable thing Barnum is dead wrong about is when she wrote that, “Spanking kids is the best way to teach discipline” (17)  It is unimaginable how anyone could see such results from spanking. Spanking can does not teach discipline, it teaches and instills fear in a child. It teaches children that Mommy and Daddy are people to be afraid of.  Consequently, it teaches them that they do not need to behave to be good citizens. Rather, spanking shows children that they’d better be good because they’ll be beat senseless if they don’t.

When examining these points as is done here, it’s easy to see that Barnum’s views miss the mark completely. Her statements are illogical. And, her facts could not be more misconstrued. If she spent more time trying to hit the target with his views, rather than trying to hit his kids, she may have something worthwhile to read. That’s why Cathy Barnum’s article “Get your beat on” is terrible.

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