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Persuasive Essay Worksheets & Activities

Students need to learn how to write persuasive essays. This skill is critical because it is often tested. Writing a research paper may be more difficult, but students can’t be expected write one in an hour. Therefore, since writing a persuasive essay doesn’t require any research, students will continue to be tested on their ability to write them for some time.

The good news is that learning to write a decent persuasive essay is pretty easy. Much of it is just structuring your ideas and arguments in a sensible way. Beyond that, there are a few more tricks that one can use to enhance one’s skills quickly. These persuasive essay worksheets and activities will help students master these tricks.


Creating Persuasive Attention Catchers Activity – Students practice creating persuasive leads that immediately push the reader toward their side of the argument.
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Persuasive Introductory Paragraphs Review Worksheet – Students read five introductory paragraphs and determine what the body paragraphs of each essay will be about by identifying the preview points. This activity should give students a better understanding of the relation of introductory paragraphs to the body.
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Arguing Both Sides Worksheet – Students get emotional about essays sometimes. This can lead them into picking positions that are harder to support. In this activity students learn that you can argue BOTH sides of a topic, not just the one side with which you personally agree. Students practice arguing both sides of a four different topics.
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Arguing Both Sides Worksheet 2 – Here’s another persuasive essay worksheet to help students practice approaching writing prompts logically. In this double-sided worksheet students practice arguing both sides of a selection of topics. This helps students learn to be strategic when approaching a topic, instead of responding emotionally.
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Arguing Both Sides Worksheet 3 – Here is yet another double-sided worksheet where students practice brainstorming arguments on both sides of controversial persuasive essay topics. These activities help them learn to brainstorm points quickly and to choose the side of an argument that is easier for them to support when writing a persuasive essay.
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Boxes and Bullets Persuasive Essay Outline – A lot of students really hate the term outline. These same students generally like to hear the phrase boxes and bullets. So I made this boxes and bullets worksheet. Sure, it’s just an outline for a persuasive essay, but boxes and bullets sounds way cooler. This activity is great to do before actually writing the essay. It allows others to see that the structure of an essay before it is fully developed. This activity sheet also includes a comment area for peer review.
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Persuasive Essay Examples – Sometimes it’s easier to spot other’s mistakes than one’s own mistakes. This persuasive essay worksheet tests that idea. Students read two persuasive essay examples and identify problems with each.  Then, they answer a serious of questions to help them evaluate and improve each essay.
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Persuasive Essay Rubric– Here’s a rubric that I’ve used to grade my students’ five-paragraph persuasive essays.  This also includes a handout on the structural order of a cookie-cutter persuasive essay.
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Typed Persuasive Essay Rubric – Here’s yet another rubric I’ve used to grade my students’ five-paragraph persuasive essays.  This one is set up for a typed assignment and includes formatting fields designed to prepare students for MLA format.
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76 Comments

  1. Sandra Conner

     /  October 18, 2018

    Thank you so much for sharing your knowledge and your work with us. As teachers, we are always in need of fresh material. I teach college level creative writing classes, and your worksheets help my students. Sometimes I change the essay topics to fit their particular age group or interest, but having these examples laid out for us and made available for use in our classrooms is wonderful.

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  2. ACardona

     /  August 31, 2018

    Lifesaver! Thank you for the great ideas and guidance. I am a new teacher, and finding this site has made a true turn around in my instruction. Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!

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  3. Elaine

     /  August 29, 2018

    Thank you for these great step by step resources

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  4. Macca Malbrán

     /  July 3, 2018

    Despite all the negative comments above, you should keep up for the ones (like me) who are absolutely grateful for these material.

    Thanks for sharing!
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  5. mariam

     /  June 2, 2018

    I give this website 3stares only for the info but in general 1star

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    • I give your comment 0 stars because your position lacks support or evidence of any kind. Complete some of these worksheets and begin your argument again.

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  6. mariam

     /  June 2, 2018

    that’s stupid from where do u get the worksheets

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  7. demy

     /  April 30, 2018

    I did not see any activities that required the student to write an entire essay.

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  8. Lamar Mohamed

     /  December 2, 2017

    Thank you for this information! They helped me in my exam so much!

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  9. LizP

     /  June 3, 2017

    These are fantastic resources! Thank you so much for sharing them. I only wish I had found them earlier in the school year!

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  10. maria.leon

     /  February 14, 2017

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  11. Soham Garg

     /  January 24, 2017

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  12. Shenard McDougal

     /  December 20, 2016

    How can a teacher get the answers to the worksheets?

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