Communication is used to inform, to persuade and to analyze. In this assignment, you will persuade the reader of your point of view by supporting a thesis with objective facts and credible evidence. Take a look at this 5 paragraph essay Persuasive essay flowchart. The Week 5 Overview will also give you a more detailed explanation of the structure of an essay.

In the week 2 forum, you selected your topic for this paper. You will take a stance on this issue and support your stance with credible evidence in your body paragraphs. In the week 4 forum you created an outline for this paper. Be sure to make use of the feedback you received there.

In order to persuade the audience to accept the position you are advocating in this paper, you will use different kinds of appeals: ethos (which involves the credibility of the speaker, writer, or authority being cited); logos (which involves facts, statistics, and logic); and pathos (which involves emotions). A good persuasive argument uses credible sources, objective evidence, and emotional “hooks” to make use of logos, ethos, and pathos respectively.

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