Q:

What are persuasive paragraphs?

A:

Quick Answer

Persuasive writing of any length is designed to get the reader to agree with the main idea. A properly written paragraph begins with the topic sentence, which in a persuasive paragraph would be the main idea that the author wants to communicate. After the topic sentence, it is important to use evidence that is compelling in support of the main idea, as well as commentary explaining why the evidence is relevant. Wrapping the paragraph up with a compelling conclusion leaves the reader with something to consider.

Know More
What are persuasive paragraphs?
Credit: Hybrid Images Cultura Getty Images

Full Answer

Here is an example of a correctly structured persuasive paragraph:

"Steroids and other performance-enhancing devices have made a mockery of many of the achievements in professional baseball. When Barry Bonds broke the record for home runs in a season, many people focused more on the fact that his head had increased by a full hat size since the beginning of his baseball career and that his body looked significantly larger than it had when he began to play. Roger Clemens' amazing achievements as a major league pitcher were overshadowed by the fact that he took substances that were against the rules of the game in order to gain the physical tools to dominate batters. The tragic collapse of Alex Rodriguez's career came, by and large, from the fact that he for so long refused to acknowledge that he had used the substances to gain an advantage. The gifts of these three players were so great that they would likely have entered the Hall of Fame without cheating, but fans will never know."


Is this answer helpful?

Similar Questions

  • Q:

    What are examples of persuasive articles?

    A:

    Persuasive articles are designed to encourage the reader to agree with the suggestion written about, such as an article explaining the benefits of exercise, choosing a particular diet choice or participating in a specific sport over another activity. Newspaper and televised news editorials are the most common persuasive articles.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:
  • Q:

    What is persuasive text?

    A:

    Persuasive writing is meant to influence how the reader thinks, feels, acts or makes decisions with regard to a particular idea, issue or proposal. Some of the most common forms of persuasive writing are essays, letters to the editor, cover letters and resumes, thesis papers, grant proposals, advertising and book reviews.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:
  • Q:

    What is a persuasive essay?

    A:

    A persuasive essay, also known as an argumentative essay, argues the writer's position on a controversial topic with an intention to persuade the reader to agree with the writer's stance. Persuasive essays include an introductory paragraph that establishes the writer's purpose and position, body paragraphs that provide supporting arguments for the overall argument and a conclusion that summarizes the main points to leave a lasting, persuasive impression.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:
  • Q:

    What are examples of descriptive paragraphs?

    A:

    The best descriptive paragraphs bring fuel to the imagination; the reader should be able to imagine the setting and imagine the same experiences as the narrator and the characters. A writer who is detailed in describing a topic about which they feel strongly about is more affective at writing descriptively.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:

Explore