Round two of our nonfiction super challenge is all about persuasive essays. A persuasive essay utilizes logic and reason to show that one idea or position is more legitimate than another. It attempts to persuade a reader to adopt the writer’s point of view on the topic. The argument must always use sound reasoning and solid evidence. It can do this by stating facts, giving logical reasons, using examples, and quoting experts. It can also utilize emotion effectively, but it should not depend on emotional appeal or require the reader to find the writer sympathetic in order to make its point.
Our round two prompts are open-ended questions. We’ll be judging these essays on how thoroughly and convincingly the author answers the question. The judges don’t have to agree with the answer, but the answer will need to be supported by more than my mom’s old standby of “because I said so.”
Now that that’s cleared up, let’s get to the assignments:
GROUP ONE: What’s the best way to end a relationship?
In this question, “best” is up for grabs! Just remember that whatever you want it to mean, you should make sure the reader understands that before you try to convince them your method is the [fastest/kindest/cheapest] way!
GROUP TWO: When, if ever, is it appropriate to disobey authority?
In your essay answer, “authority” could mean anything from a parent to a potentate. Just remember to make sure you give your reader enough detail that they don’t think you’re talking about riots when you mean staying up past bedtime!
Wait, wait, there’s more!
Your essays are due Sunday at 10pm US Eastern Time. Remember to check the rules for formatting, including all those fiddly details like title page, font, and filename. I know it seems really useless at times, but all those rules have a purpose, from helping get your file where it needs to be to making sure you’re read anonymously and fairly.
We hope you have as much fun with the prompts as we had picking them out. Good luck, and good writing!