How to write a persuasive essay


A persuasive essay is a type of essay in which you take a stance and follow it up with facts throughout the paper. Understandably, this is only possible if the subject is controversial.

Now that we know some general information on persuasive essays, we can continue with the steps we should follow in order to write the perfect one.

Step 1: Choose a topic and position

If you can reason for or against a subject, it qualifies as a suitable topic for a persuasive essay. This is because being able to have strong opinions on a subject means that it is polemical, which is necessary for your persuasive essay.

Tips and tricks

Persuasive essay topic examples

These topic examples can inspire you in choosing a topic for your essay. For this how-to guide, we are choosing the subject “Hunting is immoral.”

Step 2: Do your research and prepare an outline

It’s time to start researching your topic now that you’ve decided on it. But make sure you avoid plagiarism throughout your research. After your research, you need to prepare an outline.

Tips for the research phase

Preparing an outline

Outlining your essay will help you see your point and how it progresses in a better way. It also will ease your writing process significantly, as it will be a guideline for you. Here, we detailed a proper outline with some tips.


Step 3: Write an introduction

Your introduction paragraph is one of the most important parts of your persuasive essay. The contextual structure of your introduction should go from general to specific.

Hunting is named as a “sport” by its enthusiasts, and even if you agree with this statement, a sport the main aim of which is to kill animals surely plants a seed of doubt in our minds. Hook: Starting with a sentence that presents a strong opinion. Hunting deer, ducks, moose, and other game animals is seen by hunters as civilized, appropriate, and normal, and therefore moral. Opposing view: Mentioning the opposing viewpoint. We will be refuting this point in the later parts of the essay. However, hunting is a barbaric and pointless activity for which we should be embarrassed. Stance: Clear expression of the writer’s stance on the issue. Thus, it will be argued that hunting is immoral and should be stopped to obtain from inflicting unnecessary harm on living creatures. Thesis statement: Shows the writer’s position visibly and expresses what will be discussed in the paper.

Step 4: Write the body paragraphs

Your body paragraphs should support your stance on the subject (ideally two paragraphs, but this could change according to the length of your essay), and you need to add a paragraph where you acknowledge and refute the opposing side’s argument.

Many academics state that hunting is immoral because it necessitates the deliberate harming of innocent animals. Topic sentence: First sentence that reaffirms the writer’s stance and strengthens the argument by referring to reliable sources. Even those who are opposed to giving animals legal rights should recognize that certain animals are sentient, meaning they have the ability to suffer. Opposing view: Addressing the opposers of the argument and presenting them a solid reason as to why they should consider changing their minds. If inflicting unwelcome suffering and death on a sentient being is false, hunting is indeed wrong. Therefore, someone who agrees with the first part of this claim cannot support hunting. Persuasion: Guiding the reader into what to think, showing that the opposing point is hypocritical. Some people may claim that hunting has multiple reasons that are beneficial. However, the hunted animal suffers the same damage regardless of whether the hunter’s purpose is a balanced environment, a nutritious meal, or a personally satisfying experience. Refusal: Refuting another argument of the opposing side using a sound argument.

Step 5: Write a conclusion

A three-part conclusion framework can be used to successfully conclude persuasive essays. You should use this as your standard style if you’ve finished a piece of writing in this type and aren’t sure how to end it.

After all, although people may assert reasons such as the balance of the ecosystem or the so-called benefits of hunting, it is an undeniable fact that hunting is immoral and should be stopped immediately. Restatement: Reaffirming the thesis statement with stronger claims and an added sense of emergency. Refuting the opposing side’s arguments. We can see that hunting leads flight and hibernation cycles to be interrupted, as well as killing families. So, instead of preserving the ecosystem, it brings great damage to it. Refute: Refuting another argument and reminding a key point. Also, as sentient beings, the killing of animals for whatever reason is wrong if one cares about the wellbeing of other living creatures. Reminder: Reminding of another key point without going into much detail. Finally, it is important to enact legislation prohibiting hunting and to educate people about the dangers of hunting. Call to action: Final comment that includes a call to action.

Step 6: Revise your essay

The ideal way to revise an essay you have written is to let it sit for a couple of days. This way, you will have let your brain have enough time to grasp the subject and therefore will see your common mistakes more clearly. You can ask these questions to yourself while revising your essay:

Frequently Asked Questions

A persuasive essay topic should be arguable since you need to have a stance on the issue. “Hunting is cruel” or “Social media is dangerous for the children” are some examples to persuasive essay topics.

A proper persuasive essay should include an introduction paragraph, three body paragraphs where you present and detail your stance as well as the opposing arguments, and a conclusion paragraph.

Persuasive essays are written to persuade the reader on a stance. Thus, anything can be a persuasive essay as long as the topic is controversial. All you need to do is have a stance and be persuasive.

Same with all the other academic essay types, persuasive essays consists of three main parts; introduction, the body, and the conclusion. All of them are necessary for the integrity of your essay.

Thank you for reading. If you need further information, feel free to have a look at our essay samples or contact us at live chat.

Deniz Akcaoglu
Deniz Akcaoglu
Content editor and writer. Probably out there trying to get into an obscure band she actually hates the sound of.

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