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English Language Arts - 11th

Writing a Persuasive Essay

Title: Writing a Persuasive Essay

Subject: English Language Arts

Grade Level: 11th Grade


In this lesson, students will learn how to write a persuasive essay, exploring the techniques and strategies used to convince readers of their viewpoint. Through engaging activities and discussions, students will develop their critical thinking, research, and writing skills.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Understand the purpose and structure of a persuasive essay
  • Analyze persuasive techniques used in various texts
  • Conduct research to support their arguments
  • Develop and organize ideas effectively
  • Write a persuasive essay using appropriate language and evidence


This lesson will be delivered through a combination of teacher-led instruction, group discussions, individual activities, and hands-on practice. The teacher will provide clear explanations and examples, facilitate class discussions, and provide guidance and feedback throughout the writing process.


  • Whiteboard or blackboard
  • Markers or chalk
  • Computers or tablets with internet access
  • Printed articles or persuasive texts
  • Writing materials (paper, pens, etc.)


Engagement Activities:

  1. Begin the lesson by asking students to share their opinions on a controversial topic, such as school uniforms or the use of technology in the classroom. Encourage a lively discussion and ask students to consider why they hold their particular viewpoints.
  2. Introduce the concept of persuasive writing and explain its purpose. Discuss the structure of a persuasive essay, including the introduction, body paragraphs, and conclusion.
  3. Provide examples of persuasive techniques used in various texts, such as emotional appeals, logical reasoning, and the use of evidence. Analyze these examples as a class and discuss their effectiveness.
  4. Divide the class into small groups and assign each group a persuasive topic. Instruct them to conduct research to gather evidence and arguments to support their assigned viewpoint.
  5. Have each group present their findings to the class, explaining their arguments and providing evidence to support their claims. Encourage class discussion and debate.

Assessment Activities:

  1. Assign students to write a persuasive essay on a topic of their choice. Provide guidelines and a rubric for assessment.
  2. Review and provide feedback on students' essay drafts. Encourage revisions and improvements.
  3. Have students peer-review each other's essays, providing constructive feedback and suggestions for improvement.
  4. Conduct a class discussion where students can share their essays and discuss the persuasive techniques they used.

By the end of this lesson, students should:

  • Know the purpose and structure of a persuasive essay
  • Understand persuasive techniques used in various texts
  • Be able to conduct research to support their arguments
  • Be able to develop and organize ideas effectively
  • Be able to write a persuasive essay using appropriate language and evidence

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Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts

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