The following samples are provided as models from which students can learn. Under no circumstances should students copy either ideas or the language from any of these models.
Remember: Copying either the ideas or the language from any of these samples constitutes plagiarism.
Persuasive Essay 4
Two Opposing Points of View by the Same Student
These student essays were published online by Instructor Paola Brown from Maricopa Community College. Although these essays are works in progress, they illustrate how a writer can attach both sides of an issue successfully. Thus, students should focus on the quality and progression of ideas, not on the errors.
How does student academic writing differ from expert, professional writing? In two ways: 1) Professional writers tend to be experts, so they have resources at their disposal that students can only dream about; and 2) Professional writers have honed their writing skills and developed a unique style.
The following debates featured in the New York Times illustrate a variety of opinions on a number of relevant issues. Still, students should notice that the essays and articles, regardless of style, have solid introductions, bodies, and conclusions.
Professional Exemplars: Set 1
Arguments for and against Electric Cars
It seems that everyone has an opinion about the future of electric cars. Which arguments will you find most compelling?
Professional Exemplars: Set 2
Arguments about the Preservation of National Parks
According to the National Park Service, Yosemite National Park suffers from too much human interference: tourist noise, car exhaust and traffic, litter, careless hikers etc. Consequently, the National Park Service plans on instituting controversial measures to limit human activity. Read what the experts have to say.