Persuasive (argumentative) writing

Here is an example of a persuasive essay question and examples of really bad to really good persuasive essays written to answer the question. You should read the example answers to get ideas about what are good types of answers and what are bad types of answers.

Here are 2 activities which require you to organize the paragraphs in a persuasive essay so that they are in the correct order and they make sense.
Why should I bother to do this you ask?

Well, the value of this activity is that you get an overview of what is required to construct a persuasive essay of your own.It allows you see what has to happen to put an essay together, and yet you are not caught up in creating the sentences yourself. Try it and see!


Cherri-Ann (not verified) 16 April 2009 - 5:51pm

I have difficulty in getting some of my students to organise their ideas in a coherent manner when it comes to essay writing, especially persuasive writing. I find the "house building" activity to be quite simple yet informative/helpful to students of any level who have difficulty structuring an essay.

admin 16 April 2009 - 6:09pm

Hi, what is the "house building" activity? Is that anything like the second link above or is it different?

carlotta (not verified) 30 May 2009 - 4:26pm

How do I access video numbers #3 - 7 in the e-jamaica series? Excellent production.

admin 30 May 2009 - 11:40pm

In reply to by carlotta (not verified)

Hi, the e-learning Jamaica videos are organized by topics. So the videos will be available in the topics areas to which they relate e.g. the summary writing video will be under the tutorials for CXC English A summary writing. I hope this helps.

Kyle Trendy (not verified) 15 May 2014 - 5:04pm

Pssh want to learn how to writ a summary

Jasmine Patterson (not verified) 10 May 2015 - 2:01pm

In Barbados the slaves had many reasons to revolt they were told by free Negroes as well as sailors on the coast that they were going to be free on January1 1816. However, they taught that they freedom was being held back by the planters because they overheard the planters discussion the issue of slavery in their present. However, they were discussing the amelioration proposals introduced by William Wilberforce in 1807 to registered all the slaves in the Caribbean to ensure they were no smuggling of slaves as well as it was done to check the mortality rate of the slaves.The slaves became angry that they were not free they believed that Barbados belong to them and not to the whites.William Franklin a free coloured man was able to read and so he read newspaper that came from England about the anti_slavery movement and so he informed the slaves about what was happening in the England and the discussion about slavery. The slaves in Barbados had certain freedom so they were able to have gathered meetings where they discuss how and when they were going to stage their rebellion.since the planters believe that there slaves were so happy they did not take any precautionary measure to supervise them. They were going to stage their revolt in the Easter when the planters were off the island to spent their Easter holidays in England. That was the time when they would burn down estates, destroy carts and animals and they turn the mills to the air and to fly unattendant. It all started on the Bayley plantation on st .Phillip where Bussa was an elite slave driver . They started to burn down the plantation, they set the mills to fly unattended and one white man was killed. The initial success of the revolt was that because the slaves had a long time to plan the revolt from Christmas 1815 to Easter, April 1816, of the next year. The planters were so convienced that the slaves were so happy that they did not see the need to get troops together to fight the slaves. Also those who were leaders of the revolt held important position ,Bussa was an elite slave driver while Fraklin was a free coloured man so they were able to organized the rebel for war. However they were quickly crushed because of the Marital law which imposed that slaves found of the plantation was to be shot and that slaves that did not immediately surrendered themselves were to be killed. Some slaves were sent to the Marital court where they were sent back to their plantation where their execution took place. Some of the slaves held were cut off and place on poles as a
warning to the other slaves who wanted to rebel. The white were better trained and organized and they had more weapons than the slaves so they were able to defeat them. Even though the slaves killed a dozen whites it was no match for the hundreds of slaves that were killed through murdered, execution or scored. Many of the slaves or ringleaders were sent away to a prison British Honduras but then they were ship to Sierre Leone. Also the death of their leader like Bussa further place the slaves in an unease state they lost all hope because they were no strong leadership and organization so they were easily killed by the white finally the unfavourable terrain did not let the slaves to use their guerilla tactics so they were easily hunted down and killed by the whites .For these reason it cause the early failure of the Barbados revolt.

Jasmine Patterson (not verified) 6 July 2015 - 7:50pm

Be the amazing you
The make up
Was to prevent the break up
And just to wake up (pause) and
Find out that someone don't feel the
Same way about you
Where did I go wrong
Our love was so strong
I hate dress
But I put it on just to impress
(Pause) you
I straighten my hair
Just to let love sparkle in the air
But I guest I was unfair
To squeeze size 5 on my feet
From every since we meet

Chorus :
Be true to y_______o____u
Don't let any one change you
You are wonderfully made
Don't try to be a fake
Don't replace your name
And try to fit in the fame
Before you came
There was someone made for you
Who will love you for you
Your eyes are sparkling
And you are unique in your walking
And your personality is applauding
Your name will be calling
When you won awards for your marking
For being original
Because you choose to be normal
And just to be you
So don't put on a dress
Just to impress
You already won the beauty contest
Don't try to pass the celebrity test
It only put your life in a mess
Because you try to be your best
When in a relationship it only
take truth and the amazing you
(Yeah ah the amazing you )

If you have to recite words it is a fake
If you have to change yourself it is a mistake
Don't think that you are crazy
To just find out that you are amazing
When you just be the amazing you
Slowly: when you just be the amazing you

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