Persuasive essays ask that you take a stand on an issue and present supporting evidence or examples to convince the reader that your opinion is right. It’s among the more popular assignments you will see throughout your academic career. This article will focus on how to write a great persuasive essay on a topic related to the death penalty. Here’s what you need to know:
There are lots of things you can write about dealing with the death penalty, so be sure you take an interesting and original topic into consideration. While you do want to be able to find enough supporting content to prove your position, you don’t want to simply repeat what has already been said. Look at the issues from a different perspective. Be creative.
Start by doing some background reading online. A simple keyword search should bring up several links’ worth of information for a jumping off point. Get familiar with both sides of an argument and make sure you understand the key terms. Now you can formulate a slightly more concrete statement to use as a draft thesis.
Now it’s time to get your hands dirty with some in-depth academic research. Most of this should be done at the library where you have access to both government and academic resources. Be sure to speak with a reference librarian if you get stuck. He or she can come up with some creative ways to conduct your search so that you find the best sources available.
Take your research notes and create an outline that includes all of your major discussion points, your comments or ideas, your supporting evidence or examples, as well as your thesis statement and spaces for an introduction and the conclusion. Refer to this frequently as you write the first draft, which you should be doing as quickly as possible without stopping to make corrections and as efficiently as without losing an of the ideas that pop up into your head.
Finally, set your essay on the death penalty aside for a few days before you start making your revisions, edits, and proofreading. But don’t just gloss over these as you rush towards the finish line. Do each of these exercises separately. This way you can be sure you make the improvements you need to ensure you get an excellent grade.