The Persuasive essay requires you:
1 To articulate a personal, first-person thesis, or claim, about a subject matter that is arguable.
2 To be able to support your thesis, or claim, with relevant and credible evidence. This evidence can come from primary AND secondary sources.
3 To demonstrate knowledge of potential counter-arguments, or opposing views. You must explain the counter-argument fairly and accurately, so as not to be accused of a straw man fallacy in your work.
4 To refute the counter-argument, or opposing view.
5 To convince your audience to agree with your argument or at least concede that your have a legitimate point of view that they cannot easily ignore. Ultimately, you need to pass yourself off as an authority on the subject of your essay. There is more than one way to go about writing an essay like this: A One strategy relies on a matter of fact approach – clearly stated supporting arguments in your topic sentences that are then supported by evidence from primary and secondary sources. This approach reflects a standard point-by-point organizational style. B The alternate strategy is to compose a reflection, in which you tell a single personal story or a series of short personal anecdotes that explain and support the supporting arguments and, by extension, the thesis.
Choose the strategy that would work best for your style of writing, your choice of subject, and your target audience. ALWAYS think about your target audience. Regarding your choice of subject for this assignment.
Compose a personal argument about TikTok. Focus the content of your persuasive essay by addressing the following questions: Is the social media app a national security risk? Or is it a non-threatening platform designed for entertainment, a free exchange of ideas, grassroots organizing, etc. You are expected to incorporate two (2) secondary sources (minimum) into your essay – one (1) of these sources must be multimedia. And at least one of the sources must be used to provide a fair and accurate explanation of the counter argument to your thesis OR to one of your supporting arguments. This research may be found either through use of library databases OR via a general internet search.
You MAY NOT cite in your final draft research from the following sources: • Wikipedia • Personal blogs • Pro-Con.org • Powerpoint or Prezi presentations • WebMD When conducting research via a general internet search, BE CAREFUL. Evaluate your sources. Avoid Fake News.
Research in a persuasive essay has a different function. Make sure that your choice of research has been published within a five-year time frame – 2018-2023. The final draft should be 3 pages in length (minimum) and is to be formatted as a professional letter.