Friday, April 15, 2011

Fourth grade language arts: writing persuasive paragraphs

Writing paragraphs: Persuasive

By fourth grade your child will be expected to write paragraphs. He will even be expected to write the five paragraph essay by the end of fourth grade. The first type of paragraph, and eventually essay, that your child will be expected to write is the persuasive paragraph. Writing a persuasive paragraph is not as hard as you might think. The purpose of it is to convince others about the subject of the paragraph. It is possible to see persuasive writing in a lot of places. Commercials are an example of persuasive writing. There is a sort of formula to persuasive writing. Your student will state an issue, say to convince the city to improve a local park. Then your student will state factual reasons why the park should be improved. There should be more than one reason and those reasons should not be opinion. For example, the student could state that neighborhoods that surround parks that are improved and well maintained have lower crime rates. The student would have had to do research to be able to make that statement, research that would show the connection. Finally, the student would leave the reader of the paragraph with either an action item, something to go and do, or a persuasive thought, and idea that would encourage the reader to think more on, and to consider the proposed idea. This method will work for a paragraph or a five paragraph essay.

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