This chapter focuses on the type of writing used to persuade readers into changing their opinions about a controversial issue. As a college student in the United States, you will often have to employ this type of writing whenever your instructors require you to take a stand on an issue and support your position. Although this task may sound daunting, in this chapter we will show you that you have already been exposed to persuasive writing and informal context this experience may prove valuable to help you get started. Therefore, we will begin by considering less formal genres and topics where persuasive writing is also used from that familiar context we will move on to more formal issues. By the end of the chapter, you should be able to plan, draft, and revise your own academic persuasive essay.
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