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Convincing the boss to hire…me!   Tags: 6th grade, arguementative writing, language arts, middle school, persuasive essay  

These are resources for 6th grade students to use to write argumentative paper convincing potential bosses to hire them.
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Mr. Schickenberg's Persuasive Essay Assignment

Assignment Breakdown: Students will write a five paragraph essay with a well constructed argument. In this essay, you will write a persuasive letter convincing a potential boss to hire you. Students are required to have a


  1. Prewriting Activity, due on ...
  2. Rough Draft, due on...
  3. Two Peer Edits, due on...
  4. Final Draft fit for publishing, due on...




Outline of Contents

Paragraph 1


  • State your position
  • List three reasons that would convince the reader
  • State the counter argument/opposing point of view
  • Possible solution or compromise

Paragraph 2

  • First reason
  • Two facts for each reason
  • Examples, facts and evidence to support each reason

Paragraph 3

  • Second reason
  • Two facts for each reason
  • Examples, facts and evidence to support each reason

Paragraph 4

  • Third reason (most important)
  • Two facts for each reason
  • Examples, facts and evidence to support each reason

Paragraph 5


  • Restate topic and position
  • Restate the three reasons
  • Provide a solution


What is Persuasive Writing?

Persuasive writing is a powerful form. The intention of a persuasive piece is to influence the reader to change the way in which he or she acts. The writer attempts to convince the reader through argumentation, advice or pure entreaty to believe or do as the writer desires. This is heady business requiring careful thought and craft.In persuasive writing the author states and supports an opinion and tries to sway the reader into agreement and perhaps action. In this way, the goal of persuasive writing is active. It is also dependent upon the reader in a way that is far more concrete than with any other writing genre.

Persuasive Essay components

  1. Topic-this is the subject of the writing. It must always be stated for the writing to be sensible.
  2. Opinion- This is the author's perspective about the subject. The author may not state his or her opinion expressly, but the opinion will be clear through the whole of the writing.
  3. Reader Suggestion- This is the author's suggested course of action or thought for the reader. It is not always expressly stated, but it is, at least, implied.

The Key to Good Persuasive Writing

The most important thing to remember about persuasive writing is that the goal is to affect the reader's thoughts and/or actions. Language, structure, and examples-each of these must be chosen with persuasion in mind. Of course, the writing must be accurate as well so that the effects of the persuasion are not based on inaccuracies or worse, fabrication. The writer of a truly worthy persuasive piece must always maintain his or her integrity.

Prewriting Activity: Career Zone


Books from MLK Library about writing effectively

Cover Art
Cover Letters - Lishing L. L. C. Press Staff; Michelle Tullier
Call Number: 808 TUL
ISBN: 9780679778738
Publication Date: 1997-04-01
Introducing a brand new series and totally new concept for The Princeton Review: Job Notes. Students and recent grads expressed their need for information about topics like resumes and interviewing, but they don't want to wade through a thick book to get it. This new series lets them buy and read just the information they're looking for just the facts.

The Scholastic Guide to Putting It In Writing - Steven Otfinoski
Call Number: 808 OTF
ISBN: 9780590494588
Publication Date: 1993-08-01
Uses student samples to teach the basics of writing letters, invitations, reports, essays, and reviews.


Books on career choices Portola Branch of SF Public Library

Cover Art
What Color Is Your Parachute? for Teens - Richard Nelson Bolles; Carol Christen; Jean M. Blomquist
Call Number: 331.702 B6386w
ISBN: 9781580087131
Publication Date: 2006-04-01
With simpler, more direct language, the teen PARACHUTE teaches high school and college students to zero in on their favorite skills and then to apply that knowledge to finding their perfect college major or job. A significant addition to the Parachute Library, this book will provide guidance and inspiration to a whole new generation of job seekers.Draws on the timeless principles of the best-selling career book to provide high school students with a focused manual for choosing a career.Includes exercises and worksheets throughout.Features concrete, easy-to-understand job-hunting tips.


How does this help me become a better writer?

Take a Position

Students evaluate the persuasive essay they have written
Name *
1. Was the persuasive essay to a potential boss convincing? What makes you think so? *
2. How well are the reasons supported by the facts? Explain. *

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