Here is another great tool at ReadWriteThink.org: A free persuasion map interactive that walks a student through the process of creating a persuasive essay.
The interactive is easy and intuitive to use. Begin by entering your name and a title for your essay. Then press the “get started” button.
Next you are prompted to form your thesis: what is the point you are trying to make? Now you follow the arrows through the process of providing up to three reasons that your point is valid along with up to three facts or examples of why each point is valid.
Finally, you will enter a conclusion that summarizes the takeaways you want your reader to have after reading your essay.
If you decide not to use the interactive, you can still print a blank persuasion map form from the main page.
This free persuasion map interactive is a non-intimidating way for a student to approach his or her first persuasive essay. We have added this resource to our 14 Forms of Writing for the Older Student: Persuasive Essay post. Great tool for the DIY educator — and free!
14 Forms of Writing for the Older Student: Persuasive Essay
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