How to Write a Persuasive Letter

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Everyone has the right to his or her own opinion. There will come a time when you must write a letter to some one to try to persuade them to agree to your point of view. Whether it be something as simple as suggesting a menu change to school lunches or as important as saving an endangered animal, it is important to clearly state your point of view and support it with strong reasons as to why the reader should take your opinion as their own. As much as we may want to, it is important to remember to never start right away on the draft of you letter. Jotting down and organizing your thoughts is a crucial step that can either make or break your letter.

This organizer is a great way to organize your thoughts for a persuasive letter. First, you must come up with your topic, or main idea. For this example, the main idea of this letter will be “Students should be given ten extra minutes of lunch time.” This is going to be what all of my supports will be centered around. When coming up with my reasons, I must make sure of two things. One, my supports are going to be something my reader will care about. I may like to have the extra time to talk with my friends, but my reader may not find that important enough to support my opinion. Two, my reasons are respectful of the other point of view.

In some debates, it is important to make sure that my words won’t offend my reader or put down the other point of view. That may often make your reader not agree with your side. My main idea is to extend the lunch period by ten minutes, so my three reasons need to support why I feel this way. My first reason I am going to use is “Let’s students eat their entire lunch.” Now that I have my first reason, I have to give three “whys?” in order to show why I feel this is important to include.

My second reason I feel is important is “Students will be able to complete personal matters” Once again, I must make sure that I give three “whys” to explain my reasoning. Whenever writing a persuasive letter, always end with the reason you find to be the most persuasive. In this insistence, I feel my next reason may be the most important. “Students have a little extra time to relax.” At first it may not sound important, but after going through my “whys” may seem to be a very good reason.Now that I have my three reasons, I can see I need to have a conclusion. Whenever completing a persuasive letter, my conclusion is simply going to be restating my main idea. Now that I am finished filling out my graphic organizer, I need to start setting up my rough draft.

When I am making the paragraphs for my rough draft, they need to include the following information. Paragraph one, you need to have the main idea of your paper and simply state your three supports to your opinion. Paragraph two, you will beginning with your first reason as your topic sentence, then follow that with your three “whys”. Your next two paragraphs are going to take shape the same way using your other two reasons. Then your very last paragraph is going to look almost identical to your first paragraph just with slight changes to the wording and organization to your sentences. Also include what we refer to as the “call to action”. This is a statement or question that will make your reader have to respond to your letter. For this letter, the call to action will be “Do you think we can add an extra ten minutes to lunch starting next marking period?” This way my reader, who would be the principal in this case, will have to give a response to my point of view. When you take the time to fill out the graphic organizer, formation of your rough draft becomes quick and easy.

Make sure that you read through your work after each paragraph to make sure you include the information you wanted and your sentences sound fluent and complete. When your rough draft is finished, self edit your work, then get a peer or teacher to edit it as well. When you complete your final draft, you will have a very well written persuasive letter..

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