Persuade (v): To convince someone to do something or to change his or her mind about something. [Persuasive (adj)]

In persuasive writing, your goal is to change your readers' minds about something and convince them to agree with your opinion.


Assignment: Write a Persuasive Paragraph to convince your readers to experience a specific place or activity that you enjoyed during the Songkran holiday.

  1. Think about all the wonderful places you went and fun-filled activities you did over the Songkran holiday. (Share with your table group.)
  2. Now decide on one SPECIFIC place or activity that you want to persuade your readers that they MUST go or do. Focus on only one aspect, not the whole thing: the most scrumptious breakfast buffet; the best hotel room ever; the wildest water slide; the most breathtaking hang gliding ride; the magical underwater adventure dive; the most delicious restaurant; the most entertaining concert; the most interesting museum; etc. (For example, if you stayed in a great hotel, focus on only the breakfast buffet, the room, the swimming pool, etc., not the entire hotel. If you went diving, focus on the boat, one of the dives, etc., not the entire day.)
  3. In a Word/Pages document, write your choice as a heading and under it, list your all the reasons that support your choice. You should come up with at least 6-10 reasons.
  4. **Finally, write the first draft of your Persuasive Paragraph. Use the following tips:
    1. Start with a sentence that clearly states your opinion.
    2. In the body, write sentences that give your supporting reasons. (Use at least 3 good reasons.)
    3. Include strong words and persuasive phrases to help convince your reader. (See lists below.)
    4. End with a sentence that restates your opinion.




**Kemper, Dave, Patrick Sebranek, and Verne Meyer. Write Source. Great Source Education Group, USA, c 2005.