How to Write a Persuasive Paper

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Grade Level
High School
Reading & Writing
Length of Time
1 hour

Students will learn how to write a persuasive paper. They will choose a topic that I have listed in this lesson plan, or they can choose a different topic. They will write for or against the topic and state their reasons.


Students will learn:
To develop their opinions on particular topics
To organize their paper
To write a paper on the topic of their choice

Materials Needed

Notebook paper
Note cards or paper to jot down ideas
Pens and whiteouts to correct mistakes


First, you will explain about persuasive writing.

Students chose a side: for or against a particular topic. Then, they will develop their topic and state specific reasons why they are for or against the topic they chose.

They need to write an outline first before they develop their paper.

After they have written their outlines, they can write their paper. First, they need a topic sentence, and then the body of the paper, and finally the conclusion.

List of Topics to Write:

1. Should teenagers meet in person someone they have chatted with on the Internet? Why or why not?

2. Should teenagers meet strangers in a public or private place they met through the Internet? Why or why not?

3. Should teenagers work while they are still in high school if it takes time away from the homework? Why or why not?

4. Should teenagers have a serious dating relationship? Why or why not?

5. If you could change something in your city, would you? Why or why not?

6. If you were the principal of your school, would you do something different? Why or why not?

7. If you were the President of the United States, would you change anything? Why or why not?

8. Should teenagers have their own cell phones? Why or why not?

9. Should teenagers have their own credit cards? Why or why not?

10. Should teenagers have their own phone lines at home? Why or why not?



100 to 90 = A

89 to 80 = B

79 to 70 = C

69 to 60 = D

Below 60 = F

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