Prewrite

The purpose of writing a persuasive essay is to influence or change a reader's thoughts or opinions on a particular topic. The most successful persuasive writing is always well planned. This planing should include choosing a topic, researching the topic thoroughly, and finally, mapping out the structure of the writing.

Choose an Issue
The first step for writing a persuasive essay is to decide what you are trying to persuade someone to believe. Is there a compelling social issue you'd like to correct, a situation within your school that you'd like to change, an issue from history that you'd like to address, or maybe even a political condition you'd like to explore—the possibilities are endless!

Here's a list of possible topics:

Education

  • School Uniforms
  • School Choice
  • Bilingual Education
  • LockerSearches
  • Homework

History

  • Women's Rights
  • Civil Rights
  • Vietnam War

Social and Political Issues

  • The Death Penalty
  • Cruelty to Animals
  • Gun Control
  • Cloning

Once you've decided on an issue, it's time to begin your research!