Identify a person and give details about his or her life in order to support a main point
These essays ask you to write about a person
Use FACTUAL EVIDENCE (not broad generalizations)
Use SPECIFIC EXAMPLES
Write with conviction – state your point and then support it with examples
Throughout your years in school, you have studied about many different people. Think about one of those people you’ve studied during your time in school. What makes this person special enough to study?
Write an essay in which you discuss a person you have studied in school Explain what is special about this person. Use details and examples to support your ideas.
Biographical Narrative: Do? What?
A person you’ve studied in school
What is special about this person
Details and examples to support your ideas
Outline Your Answer
Introduction: Use the prompt language
“Throughout my years at school, I have studied about many different people. Some of these people have been very special, but the most important person I’ve studied about is ____________.
Why? [Give examples]
Requires you to persuade (or convince) your reader about your opinion on an issue
An expository essay just explains the issue by presenting information; the persuasive essay requires you to persuade your audience you are right
Strong clear thesis which states your point of view
State Your Reasons – include 2 or 3 separate arguments that support your point (each one in a separate paragraph)
Stories (anecdotes) can be very persuasive [this happened to me]
Factual evidence adds credibility to an opinion
Address your reader’s concerns: what is the counter-argument? Why is your opinion better?