A persuasive essay is one where you will take a side on an issue and then work to prove your side. You would likely choose an issue that is controversial. That is a topic that has around the same amount of people who support it as those who oppose it. When you are getting ready to write this type of essay, you need to first decide what topic you would like to write the paper on. You can’t go any further until you make this decision. It is important to make sure that you choose a good topic mostly because it will make the rest of the paper easier to write.
When you are choosing a topic, you want to think of a few things. These will make the process a lot easier and help you find a topic that will make it easier to write a good paper on.
You may have to write this type of essay for one of your classes other than English. If that is the case, you will want to make sure that you choose a topic that relates to that class. The main point of having you write the essay is to determine how much you understand about the things that you are being taught in class. If you don’t write it on a relevant topic, this can’t be determined.
Choose a topic that interests you. It will make it so much easier for you to write because you will likely have some information on the subject already and it will be more entertaining to research if any research is needed.
This relates to how strongly you feel about the topic that you want to write your paper on. You need to be on one side of the issue or the other. If you don’t feel strongly about either side, you won’t be able to convince your audience very easily. Make sure that you choose a topic that you feel strongly about so that your reasons are strong and your paper is solid. The goal is to prove your side of the issue.
You can find topics in magazines, in your textbook, in online lists, or in your notes. Choose a few that you find interesting and then work your way down to one once you decide what you would want to say to prove it.