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Grade 6-10
1h 50m

How to Write an Effective Persuasive Essay

by Ariella F. | English and Writing

4 Lessons 1:50:06
  1. 1. Convince me! 1:00:08
  2. 2. The Techniques 12:33
  3. 3. The First Reading 9:18
  4. 4. The Second Reading 28:07

Grade 6-10

1h 50m


A persuasive essay is one in which the author convinces the reader to agree with their point of view. This can be difficult, as everyone has opinions about everything, but the trick is to employ techniques your audience can’t refuse. We go through definitions and examples of these tools before reading an opinion piece, which employs much of these techniques.


  • Ethos
  • Logos
  • Opinions
  • Pathos
  • Persuade
  • Read


I’m a sophomore Economics major at Barnard College. I previously attended Montclair High School and have been tutoring for six years. I have done private tutoring as well as Barnard Peer-to-Peer tutoring. I am organized and creative, so I can consistently think of new ways to explain the material. I also am approachable and encouraging, so students will feel comfortable interacting with me. I begin my tutoring sessions gathering the problems the student had the greatest difficulty with and after reviewing these I create practice exams from a mix of their past problem sets, problems I find online, and problems I make up to target specific areas the student is struggling with.

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