tips for writing a persuasive essay

First Step
The first step is to find out what you want to persuade the reader about. You can persuade the reader that blank movie is the best, that the state should pay more money for schools rather than jails, that uniforms in schools are good, etc. Whatever you want!

Second Step
Once you’ve figured out the backbone of your essay, brainstorm! Brainstorm supporting details, brainstorm examples ,etc.

Third Step
Now, determine what outline your essay will take form in. A common outline is this:

I. Introduction (Thesis)
II. Body Paragraph (First Supporting Point)
III. Body Paragraph (Second Supporting Point)
IV. Body Paragraph (Third Supporting Point)
V. Concession
VI. Refutation
VII. Conclusion (Restating the thesis Statement)

Fourth Step
-Now, write your thesis statement. A thesis statement is what you’re arguing on. A good thesis statement should NOT be too broad, not too factual, and not too vague! -Now, you should write out the topic sentences of all your body paragraphs. These topic sentences should be convincive supporting points.

Fifth Step
-Write out your introduction. Your introduction should state your thesis statement and introduce your supporting points. -Then, write out your body paragraphs. Your body paragraphs should state your supporting points and give further details and evidence to back your statement up. -Next, write out your concession. A concession is acceptance that an opposing viewpoint is true. -Now, write a refutation. A refutation is your comeback to why the concession does not disprove your point. -Finally, write your conclusion. Restate your thesis statement and supporting points. Also, give the reader something to ponder about.

Now, all you need to do is edit it and change it!

If you need an example, here it is. The underlined part is the thesis statement, the italicized are the supporting points.

Braces: A persuasive essay by me

When I was little, I’ve always dreaded and hated the sight of braces. To me, they looked unnatural, completely opposite to what is “cool.” However, some of my friends in middle school have braces, and my dentist encouraged me to have braces too. So I went to an orthodontist, that is, the “braces dentist,” and found out more about braces. After considering the information the orthodontist gave me, I decided to have braces, and I was not disappointed. While many people think that braces may look unattractive and “uncool,” braces are actually very beneficial to the health of your teet hand jaw and will help you in the long run. Among the many benefits of braces are a better smile, healthier teeth and gums, and stronger and lined up jaws. [***Note how I introduced my three supporting points***]

Braces and retainers (another device that straightens the teeth but can be taken off) straighten your teeth, so you will have a nicer smile and a boost in your self-esteem once your braces are off. Braces act like a fence in which to guide your teeth to move until they are lined up straightly. After this stage, the teeth will no longer move, but are to stay in that position for as long as you have your braces and then retainer. When your orthodontist thinks that your teeth will not move any longer and will stay straight, you are free from braces and retainers. Then, you are able to show the world your straight and nice smile and have a better judgment, or self-esteem, about yourself, enabling you to have more confidence. A good example is my friend [… (example that further supports the topic sentence)]

Besides straightening your teeth, braces strengthen your teeth and make your teeth healthier, making it easier for you to take care of them and to lessen your chances of dental diseases and decay. Think of braces as a workout program for your teeth; braces strengthen the teeth so that they won’t be easy to chip, break, or crack. Braces make your teeth healthier because you will get used to good dental habits, so that you don’t have to worry about gum disease, tooth decay, and other problems.

Braces also line your jaws together, so that your teeth can close properly, making it easier for you to chew and digest your food.ides straightening teeth, an orthodontist’s main job is to make sure that the jaws and teeth meet correctly. Orthodontists work to solve your malocclusion, or problems when your jaw is not properly lined. Skeletal malocclusion is when your jaws do not line up. Dental malocclusion is when your teet hare crowed, bunched out, or spread out too much. If you have a malocclusion, you may have problems chewing and eating food. For example, if you have deep bite (which means that your upper teeth overlap with the lower teeth too much, the lower front teeth may sometimes jut into the roof of your mouth when you chew.

So you see, braces have a lot of important advantages. However, there are some disadvantages. Braces are pretty expensive,around three thousand dollars or more. It is also true that braces can hurt, depending on how straight or how crooked your teet are. In addition, braces can take a long time to make a long-lasting straight line of teeth, about three years. People who have braces can’t eat certain foods, and braces can be pretty hazardous.

However, even though braces are pretty expensive, take a long time, and
disagree with some foods, I think it is worth it. Five years of waiting, moments of discomfort, and a small limitation of ood for a nice smile, healthy gums and teeth, a normal bite, and less chances of dental difficulties that last a long time. I think it’s wort it, don’t you? Also, braces won’t be hazardous as long as you are careful and follow the orthodontist’s guidelines.

Basically, braces have a lot of beneficial and helpful advantages; a straight and proud smile, stronger, and healthier teeth, and lined-up jaws. In this essay, I’ve weighed out all the hazards and risks of having braces and all the positive things. A lot of disadvantages of having braces can be solved or the negativity lessened. So I think braces are worth having.

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