Review the document titled “Persuasive Essay Guidelines.”
Complete the Persuasive Essay: Topic and Audience Worksheet.
You will receive feedback on your assignment from your instructor by the start of Topic 2.
Persuasive Essay: Topic and Audience Worksheet
If you did not take UNV 104 or if you would like to review the writing concepts introduced in UNV 104, it is suggested that you view a media piece entitled, “The Writing Process,” which is available to support the development of your writing skills. For this Topic, focus on the “Planning and Getting Started?” section of the media piece.
Part 1: Select a Topic
Choose a topic for your Persuasive Essay from the list below. If you would like to write about a topic that is not on the list, contact your instructor via email to request approval.
Legalization of marijuana
Banning books (censorship)
Mandatory military service
Separation of church and state
Flag burning (Does someone have the right to burn the flag of the country? Who gives them that right?)
What is the topic you have chosen for your persuasive essay?
Begin thinking about the different issues associated with the topic you have selected, narrow your focus, and take a pro or con position for the subject of your essay. Present a simple statement of your position here.
Section II: Identify your Audience
Answer the following questions regarding the audience for your essay.
Who do you intend to read your essay?
Are there clues in this particular assignment about who your audience is?
Do you have more than one audience? If so, how many do you have? List them.
What is the appropriate way to address this audience (professional, familial, friendly)? Why?
What about your topic is important to your audience? What about your topic is not important to your audience?