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Persuasive writing - KS2 Literacy teaching resources.

Steps

Part 1

Selecting a Letter Topic

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    Pick a topic that you would like to write your letter about. Make sure that it has several sides and that you are familiar with the topic. Do some research to make sure that you are aware of all of the different sides on this topic, so that you can represent them in the pros and cons charts. If you're given a range of topics for a school assignment, write about something that you're passionate about.
    • For example, if you’re passionate about the wellbeing of marine animals, you could choose to write about the ethics of using them for product testing and experimentation.
    • It's difficult to write a convincing letter about something you don't care about.
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    Word your topic so that it’s answerable by a “yes” or a “no. This will ensure that your topic is defensible and well worded. Your topic should be clear-cut and should have strong arguments to support it. A topic like “Should cigarettes be marketed to teens?” is better worded than a topic like “Should cigarettes be marketed to teens, adults, and the elderly?” because it is more specific.[1]
    • For example, the topic “murder should be legal” is not defensible, since there are no convincing arguments that support an answer of “yes.”
    • So, a topic like: “Should the state pass legislation forbidding drivers to text while driving?” is much better.
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    Research both sides of the topic to ensure you fully understand it. Researching is an important component of preparing to write a persuasive letter. Start your research by searching for opinion pieces about your topic online. Also look for articles about your topic by respected online and print news media.
    • For example, there may be valid reasons that someone would object to the state passing legislation to prohibit in-car texting. But, you’ll never be able to account for and counter these reasons if you don’t put in the research to find them out in the first place.
    • Maybe many people feel that that legislation wouldn’t go far enough, and that the state should ban cell phones in cars altogether, no matter what they’re being used for!
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    Determine the age and occupation of the letter’s audience. The tone and content of your written letter will differ based on the intended audience. So, are you writing to students and kids who are your own age? Your school principal? Adults? Political representatives and decision makers?
    • When dealing with an older audience, you can use a more sophisticated vocabulary. The inverse applies when dealing with a young audience.[2]
    • For example, for an older audience, write something like, “A lasting political commitment to phone-free driving will ensure the survival of many who otherwise could lose their lives to a distracted driver on the phone.”
    • On the other hand, for a younger audience, write, “Not allowing people to use phones in the car will reduce accidents. This will help keep more people alive.”

Part 2

Compiling the Pros and Cons Chart

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    Fill out pro and con columns on a sheet of paper. The first of these charts is the “pros" column, and the second is the "cons" column. In the "pros" chart, fill in several reasons supporting your argument. Try to come up with 5-7. Use bullet points to give evidence supporting your reasons. Do the same on the "cons" side, except list and provide reasoning against your argument.[3]
    • For example, say you’re writing about banning cell phone use in cars. Under the pros column put “could help save lives.” You can also write, “helps drivers focus on driving,” and “reduces risk of accidents.”
    • Under the cons column, you could write something like, “over-legislates private behavior” and “people may need to make emergency calls with their cell phone.”
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    Keep emotional distance from the issue you’re evaluating. An advantage of a pros and cons list is that it lets you look at issues from a non-emotional, objective stance. It’s easy to get caught up emotionally in issues like testing products on animals or unsafe driving practices. But, when making the list, leave emotions out and focus on including only rational, defensible claims.[4]
    • For example, when making a list of cons for any issues, writing something like, “I personally dislike it” or “It makes me unhappy” is a very weak reason.
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    Consider how the “cons” can be overcome. Since you'll try to persuade your audience to embrace 1 side of your chart over the other in your letter, you'll need to address solutions to the "cons." As you’re jotting down the “cons,” think of flaws in the arguments that would support them, or consider ways in which the “cons” are misleading or irrelevant to the issue.
    • Or, if you don't believe that the "cons" need to be solved, you could find information that proves those arguments wrong.
    • For example, if you're writing about the issue of texting while driving, you’ll need to address the con that it “over-legislates private behavior.” Write something like, “This argument is irrelevant. Texting while driving affects more than one individual since many people can be killed by a careless driver who is also texting.”
    • You can then add this sentence directly to your letter once you’re writing it.

Part 3

Writing Your Letter

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    Outline the paragraph layout of your letter. At this point, you can use bullet points or a numbering system. You just need to figure out what order you want your paragraphs in to maximize the letter’s persuasiveness. For example, you could write an introductory paragraph, followed by a paragraph outlining the pros, a paragraph outlining the cons, and a conclusion paragraph.
    • If you have more pros than cons, devote 2 paragraphs to the pros and whatever reasoning you have for supporting them.
    • For example, you could write 1 paragraph describing the issue of cell phone use in cars and follow it up with an impassioned paragraph describing all of the pros and your reasons for supporting them. Next, write a paragraph describing the cons and your arguments for refuting them. Finally, conclude the letter with a call for action.
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    Convey the letter’s topic and your stance on it in a thesis sentence. You can place this sentence at the end of your opening paragraph if you like. To write a persuasive thesis, simply state your argument. This will let your readers know exactly what you’re trying to persuade them of. It’s important to do this in a persuasive letter, so you’re not just rattling off a bunch of pros and cons.[5]
    • For example, you could write something like: “Marine animals should not be captured for scientific studies since it’s unethical to perform experiments on living creatures.”
    • This type of straightforward beginning will let your readers know exactly what you plan to persuade them of.
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    Include supportive statistics to add a persuasive research component. You could also include supporting quotations. Do some research before you come up with reasons supporting your arguments, and incorporate this research into the finished product. Using data and quotes will let your readers know that you’re not pulling ideas out of thin air, but that you’re trying to convince them of sound and proven ideas.[6]
    • For example, if you’re writing about the need for legislation against texting and driving, write something like, “A poll by the Pew Research Center suggests that over 75% of current drivers text while driving and plan to continue. This statistic is staggering, and indicates how badly we as a country are in need of a solution.”
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    Add an anecdote to give your letter a personal touch. A great way to persuade someone is by telling them about a personal experience. Your anecdote could be lightly humorous or poignant and touching but should largely address the issue your letter focuses on. Adding an emotional appeal is a great way to boost the persuasiveness of a letter.[7]
    • For example, if you’re writing about the issue of marine animal testing, write something like, “Dozens of animals are confused and in pain every day all because some unethical companies feel the need to unnecessarily test out products. I know because I once visited an animal testing center and was shocked by the unethical animal treatment that I observed.”
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    Proofread your letter for errors once you've finished writing. Read through the letter and correct any grammatical mistakes. Also, improve any awkward wording, and tighten up your arguments where you spot a flaw. If you have the time, try reading your letter out loud to yourself or someone else. This can help you catch errors or grammatical oddities that you wouldn’t have noticed otherwise.
    • If you’ve written the letter for a school assignment, you’re ready to turn it in.
    • Or, if you’re using the letter to influence policy, look up the address of the person you're sending it to, then drop the letter in the mail!

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  • Once you've finished writing the letter, ask friends or family members to read your letter and give you feedback. They may find gaps in your reasoning or point out ways you can improve the pros and cons list.

Letter of the persuasion is written to convince others about particular issue or problem. Persuasion is a difficult thing to do but following some key points can help.

7+ Persuasive Letter Examples

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Is there a need for you to assert that your opinions and thinking are correct? You may opt to write a persuasive letter. A persuasive letter is written mostly to address a problem or situation that you have encountered. It also states or mentions any possible resolution that you can offer to make the situation less problematic.

The main reason for writing a persuasive letter is to persuade or convince someone to agree with your suggested solutions or to at least help you make the problem more at ease. You can browse through the Sample Letters listed below to help you resolve any problem you might have encountered in a formal and peaceful manner.

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Tips for Writing an Effective Persuasive Letter

  • Make sure you already know what you want before you start writing your persuasive letter. Think about the purpose of your letter and who will be reading the letter.
  • After thinking about the purpose of your letter, list down the reason/reasons why you want the audience to be persuaded by your letter. List them down by significance.
  • Make sure your letter contains facts and evidence to support your claims in order to not make it a one-sided opinion.
  • Make the tone of the letter empathetic.

Persuasive Letter Format

  • Block Formatting. A persuasive letter is a type of business letter. Make sure your letter is in block format, single-spaced, in Times New Roman or Arial style, and font size 12.
  • Sender’s Address. You can write your address at as the first part. If you have an official letterhead, you may also opt to use it.
  • Date. Write the date when you wrote the letter.
  • Recipient’s Address. Include the name of the recipient and the complete address.
  • Opening Salutation. Make sure to spell the name of the recipient properly. It should match with the name in the recipient letterhead.
  • Body of the Letter. It must be brief, concise, and polite and avoid being too wordy. Use short sentences to explain the situation. The main point of the letter must be stated in the first few sentences.
  • Closing Salutation. Make sure you close the statement in a respectful manner.

 

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Why Use Persuasive Letter Examples?

Here are some of the reasons why you should make use of the existing templates in this article.

  • The sample letters presented in this article are catered for those who need to have their voice heard by people in authority.
  • There are seven sample letters. Each of these letters has unique designs, layouts, and tips that can help you write a convincing, professional, and formal persuasive letter.
  • Each of these templates can be accessed through this website. You can click on the DOWNLOAD button next to the document.
  • There are two versions available: PDF (.pdf) and Word Document (.doc) format. Both formats are easy to work with in terms of editing, storing, ad printing out.

 

In writing your persuasive letters, you have to make sure that you emphasize the importance of your concern, request, or demand from the recipient in sentences that are straight to the point. Make your letters sound logical and always back up your claims with facts, and be polite toward the reader.

You can also check out Job Application Cover Letters if you are looking for a job. You can use the cover letter to persuade a hiring manager that you are a good fit for the job.

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Persuasive writing can open many doors. A well-written persuasive letter makes the reader your ally, showing her why giving you that job, internship, acceptance letter or other help is in her interest, too. Make it logical for the reader to say yes, whatever the question may be. Whether you're applying for an academic or professional position, asking a company for a refund or trying to convince a politician to support a piece of legislation, the basic format and structure remain the same, as does the tone: reasonable, objective and so polite that butter would not melt in your mouth.

Take Aim at the Right Target

Make sure you're writing your persuasive letter to the best possible person. If your letter accompanies an application to a program or a job, that person may be specified in the application materials or on the organization's website. If you're not sure who the right person is within an organization, do your best to find out through online research or a phone call.

Format Your Letter Correctly

Persuasive letters should follow a basic business letter format. Use 12-point Times New Roman font. In the upper left-hand corner, type your street address, the recipient's name and address, and the date. Check the recipient's website or correspondence you have received from her, and be sure to use the courtesy title (Ms., Dr., Professor) that she uses herself. Skip another line and type the date. Two lines below that, type your salutation:

123 Willow Court Anytown, New Mexico 54321

Sara Smythe, Human Resources Director Community Compassion Works Santa Fe, New Mexico 54323

July 12, 2016

Dear Director Smythe:

Paragraphs should be left justified and single spaced. Skip a line between them.

Begin Your Persuasive Letter

In your first sentence, introduce yourself. In your second sentence, state the reason for your letter. Then summarize the benefit your reader will experience from doing what you are asking her to do and the reason why she'll get this benefit.

*Dear Director Smythe:

I am a third-year psychology student at New Mexico State University. I saw the Community Compassion Center's advertisement for a summer research assistant in the Santa Fe Courier and would like to be considered for the position. I bring with me a strong work ethic, excellent statistical analysis skills and a keen interest in the work your organization does in Santa Fe.*

Make Your Case

In the next paragraphs of your persuasive letter, build your case point by point. Expand on the claims you made in your introduction and back them up with evidence. Anticipate any objections Director Smythe might have to hiring you and respond to them: "My resume reflects that I was employed very briefly in my last position. This doesn't reflect dissatisfaction on either side; a family emergency forced me to move back to the Las Cruces area, and I have since transferred to NMSU, where I will complete my degree." Use a separate paragraph for each key point you make. Keep your tone confident and courteous.

Conclude Your Persuasive Letter

End your letter with a call to action. In your last paragraph, spell out exactly what you want the reader to do and make it easy for her to comply.

*I look forward to meeting with you to discuss the research project underway at the Community Compassion Center and the contribution I feel I can make. I have attached my resume and a reference from Professor Jason Peabody, assistant director of psychology at NMSU and my academic adviser. I can be reached by phone at xxx-xxx-xxxx or by email at [email protected]

Thank you for your time and consideration.

Sincerely,

Your Name*

Leave two lines between "Sincerely" and your typed signature, and sign your letter in blue or black pen. Add your contact information again directly under your name, with each contact method on its own line so that it can be spotted at a glance. If you're enclosing additional documents, as in our example, you will add the following below your closing:

enc: Resume Letter of Reference

Persuasive writing is a form of nonfiction writing that encourages careful word choice, the development of logical arguments, and a cohesive summary. Young.

Writing a Persuasive Letter: The School Bell

a persuasive letter

Overview

Through a classroom "argument" activity and letter writing models, students are introduced to the concepts of lobbying for something that's important to them or they want and making persuasive statements. In this unit, students become aware of the techniques used in persuasive oral arguments and apply them to independent persuasive letter writing activities.

Objective

Students will:

  • Work in small groups to brainstorm ideas and organize them into a cohesive argument to be presented to the class
  • Understand the concept of persuasion and how it becomes a strategy to produce a desired outcome
  • Learn "powerful words" or terms used for persuading an audience
  • Be able to identify the parts of a business letter
  • Write a persuasive business letter

Culminating Activity

Provide an opportunity for students to write persuasive letters or speeches for real arguments that have meaning to them, like a field trip, in-class movies, school issues, or community concerns. Reward them by planning one of the class events they present in their essays or speeches, or invite guest speakers to your class to hear the presentations and provide feedback.

Persuasive writing provides the opportunity to convince someone to adopt a particular viewpoint. Read on to enjoy various persuasive writing examples.

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