Creating A 6th Grade Persuasive Essay: An Outline

Essays form a major part of the curriculum in sixth grade. The child is only starting out with middle school, and there is a need to inculcate superior writing skills in him or her. One of the most basic papers that children are required to acquaint themselves with is the persuasive essay. The basic aim of this type of writing is, evidently, to persuade. Through the comprehensive presentation of facts, figures and points, the writer is required to expound his view and persuade the reader to agree with him/her.

Thus, if you need to get the hang of the persuasive essay, here is an outline.

Creating a persuasive essay: an outline

The Introduction:

If you are a novice to writing, know this: the introduction is your only real chance to pull the reader in and keep him/her hooked. No one will read your paper if they don’t find enough incentive in the introduction to persuade them to read on. Thus,

  • Make your introduction interesting. Break away from the hackneyed ‘You should see this’ and ‘I support this because’ and aim to wow the readers.
  • Do not make your introduction too long. Keep it succinct, and tell the readers only what they need to know. Details are for the body.
  • Anecdotes are usually a good way to begin your writing. You can also provide an unlikely example or a unique comparison. Anything that the reader does not usually associate with the topic, he/she will find interesting.

The Body:

A normal five paragraph paper usually has three paragraphs for the body, and one each for the introduction and conclusion. Think of your writing as a movie: would you want to watch it further if it starts dragging in the middle?

  • Keep in mind to state each point you have in a separate paragraph. Give your readers space and time to understand each of your arguments, and ponder over them. If you crowd too many ideas in one paragraph, all you end up with is dissonance.
  • Additionally, when expounding an idea, make sure you explain it completely in the space you want to allot it. Do not leave it unfinished, thinking you will add what you forgot somewhere else as a tidbit. It will only destroy your paper’s structure.

The Conclusion:

One of the major mistakes that students make while writing the conclusion is to sum up the points at best and wind up the essay. Never do so: it gives the impression of you tiring of writing your own essay. Always put your points in the order you mentioned them, and tell the readers why they are important. Leave them wondering long after they have read your work rather than thanking God it is over.