Format of Persusive Essay

format of persuasive essay

Formatting a Persuasive Essay

Prior to writing your persuasive essay, take some time out to focus on the topic itself. First and foremost, you have to decide on whether you’re in favor of or against the notion. After that, start scribbling down all the thoughts that start coming to your mind; this is where you’ve started the brainstorming process.

Jot down all the points that prop up your standpoint. Once you’ve got all the points jotted down, you will move on to constructing the introductory paragraph and there are many ways to approach the introduction.

Basic Structure and Outline of a Persuasive Essay

  1. Exordium: Introduction
  2. Narration: Reporting Background Facts and Logic
  3. Confirmation: Essay Body
  4. Refutation: Discussing Alternative Approaches
  5. Peroration: Conclusion
  6. Rhetorical Questioning

Exordium: Introduction

The introduction is where you break the ice, where you click with the readers so you have to ensure that come up with strong words to grab their attention. You have the option to open with an interrogatory statement i.e. ask a question.

You can also jump in to the essay with a personal experience (anecdote) of yours, an extraordinary or abnormal detail, or with a quote. If none of those work for you, you can always commence the intro with valid facts & stats.

Narration: Reporting Background Facts and Logic

Up next, without delving too much into details & specifics, you’ll state your viewpoints on the basis of existing facts, data or arguments. Think of this like a thesis statement where you brief the reader about all that is to follow.

Confirmation: Essay Body

Now, you’ll start to develop the actual body (content) of your persuasive essay. It is always beneficial to study your reader audience before you start to construct the essay body. Knowing their background and viewpoints will always be of assistance because you will be stating your claims & supporting evidence in the body.

Adopt a proper tone & approach which confirms to your existing claims and argument on the basis of previous research, facts or data analysis. Not only will you be backing up your claim, but also refuting the opposition’s; this is the core of your essay and the lengthiest component.

Refutation: Discussing Alternative Approaches

Alternative approaches or those analysis which differ on a  slightly different angle are discussed in this section to give your essay depth and vertical approach of the issue addresses.

Peroration: Conclusion

Following all this is the conclusion. Here, you will reiterate & replicate your words from the intro paragraph so that the reader is reminded of things that might’ve escaped their minds.

Re-bond with them and pull them over to your side of the fence by getting them to think with a question or a quote that gets them to, involuntarily, support your viewpoint.

It is often helpful to tie the conclusion back to the introduction in order to strengthen and solidify your claim.

Rhetorical Questioning

Pose questions derived from the content of your persuasive essay for the readers to ponder over. Leave out unanswered statements in this section which call for further depth and investigation in the subject matter.