Focus: The purpose of persuasive writing is to influence readers' attitudes to persuade them to agree with the writer or to take action on issues the writer describes. Effective persuasion involves clearly identifying issues, anticipating and responding to objections, presenting support for a position, and using sound reasoning to help convince the audience. Goal: To write an argumentative essay/speech for the appropriate audience that includes: A clear thesis or position based on logical reasons supported by precise and relevant evidence. • Accurate and honest representation of divergent views. • Information on the complete range of relevant perspectives. • An organizing structure appropriate to the purpose, audience, and context. • Demonstrated consideration of the validity of all primary sources used. YOU MAY CHOOSE ANY PERSUASIVE TOPIC THAT YOU WANT Be sure you cite all sources utilized.