Likewise, writers need to explain what their evidence shows to make the connection.Don’t make the readers draw their own conclusions; that’s your job.Example We should not have to wear school uniforms because they limit our ability to express our individuality.
One of the most important ways they do this is through dress.
This is how we show the world who we are, particularly in an environment where we are forced to be quiet for 90% of the day. If students are forced to wear uniforms, their ability to express themselves will be severely limited.
I suggest that you start at the beginning, but if you’re looking for something specific, click the links below to hop around this page: Introductory Paragraphs Attention Catchers Thesis Preview of Main Points Body Paragraphs Main Points Topic Sentences Supporting Details Making the Connection Concluding Paragraphs Restatement of Points Clinching Statements The introductory paragraph is the first-paragraph in the persuasive essay.
I teach my students that their introductory paragraphs should have three parts: an attention-catcher, a thesis, and a preview.
The main point should then be developed and supported with emotional or logical arguments.
A five-paragraph persuasive essay should have three main points and each main points should support the thesis of the essay.
That is to say, they put the support next to the main point but don’t clearly explain the relation between the two or they connect.
The analogy I use to explain this is that of the prosecutor in a criminal case: the attorney doesn’t just say, “There were some blood drops in the defendants car,” and then end his argument. The prosecutor must explain what the evidence shows.
These thought stems are something like training wheels for writing: once students learn to write they won’t need to them; but when they are first learning, students can learn to better sequence and develop their support by using thought stems.
With a little bit of practice, students can use these thought stems to better explain and support their arguments.