The Basic Elements of Persuasive Writing Dates Back to Aristotle.
He documents three elements of rhetoric that you should keep at the core of your writing:
- Ethos: Appeals to an author’s credibility
- Pathos: Appeals to emotions
- Logos: Appeals to reasoning
Professor Helps His Student Land a Date in the Most Teacher Way Possible
BY ANNA QUINTANA UPDATED 7 MONTHS AGO
Dating is hard. So, it’s no surprise that one student turned to his teacher for some help in the area. Twitter user Jake aka @squidslippers — honestly, what girl wouldn’t want to date a guy with that handle? — shared the ultimate story on how his professor helped him land a date using the very skills he learned in the classroom.
More specifically, Aristotle’s “modes for persuasion” known as ethos, pathos, and logos. “Yooo I have about 0 skills when it comes to texting girls so I legit asked my English professor to help me draft a text to a girl and we STRAIGHT ETHOS, LOGOS, PATHOSED MY WAY INTO A DATE,” he tweeted before showing off the evidence. SOURCE: TWITTER
The student-teacher duo broke down how he should ask out his classmate Hannah using the rhetorical appeals process. Using a triangle, he listed his purpose (“persuade her to let me take her on a date”), the speaker (Jake, obviously), and details about Hannah he could use to sway her opinion.
According to Jake, Hannah had just moved into a new apartment, likes photography — Jake make sure to note that this is something he discovered thanks to his Insta-stalking skills — works a lot, likes Chinese food, and owns a dog. SOURCE: TWITTER
Next, the unnamed professor had him list how he would convince Hannah to go out with him using ethos (your credibility), pathos (emotion), and logos (logic). “I don’t want to come off too strong or pressure,” Jake wrote under ethos. “Just a friendly outing. I am kind of cool sometimes.”
For logos, he thought, “It’s free food, a break om work, and a good time. And lastly, for pathos, he simply wrote, “It will be fun!” Now, it was time to put the plan in action.
Jake texted Hannah using his ethos, logos, pathos, 1-2-3, punch. “Well hey, I hate to come off too strong here but if you could ever use a stress-free night after work or need some food to keep you alive while you’re moving into your new apartment, I would love to take you to dinner,” he texted. “It would be fun and a great way for me to see your dog, which is low-key why I’m doing this.” SOURCE: TWITTER
And ladies and gentlemen, it worked! Hannah accepted the invitation and even responded with a winking face emoji.
Above is an example of structuring a document to write an essay, in this case it was for Twitter to reach a persuasive conclusion. Today in schools and colleges Frame Writing is being taught at all levels.
- persuasive adjective
- per·sua·sive | \ pər-ˈswā-siv , -ziv \
- Definition of persuasive
- : tending to persuade
1.2.1. – What is Framing and why does it matter?
Framing your documents refers to the process of keeping the reader in mind as you write. The information you include is the information that the reader needs and it needs to be clear and concise. The benefits of properly framing your document are that the readers will be able to use the document for its intended purpose.
The Importance of Structurally Framing a Document.
People prepare written documents such as term papers, thesis, running for office, blogging or any subject where it is necessary to convince an individual or an audience. Resources that you can use are emotional appeals, social media, stories, anecdotes & facts. This is a persuasive essay and not an argumentative essay which requires hard facts. Structurally Framing a document is the beginning of “How to Write a Persuasive Essay the Best Way!”
Response: Strategies for Using Writing ‘Frames’ and ‘Structures’
By Larry Ferlazzo on November 3, 2018 10:33 PM
The structure vs. voice debate has long been argued in English classrooms. On one side, teachers value the way structure provides a roadmap for students to move ahead. But, the shortcomings are all too familiar. Too often, it’s the structures themselves, rather than the ideas and reasoning, that become the focus.
So, how do we leverage the power of structures not fall into the trap of letting the frames eliminate student choice and voice? One answer is found in creating a bank of possible outlines.
Central to the answer are the companion ideas that structure is everywhere and structure is a choice student writers can make. Structure is not the enemy of voice. Instead, it is one of the choices writers make when thinking about task, purpose and audience.
Real writers don’t craft based on a predetermined frame number of sentences or paragraphs, restrict themselves to one point of view, separate argumentative from narrative or informative. And it is also true, formula writing exists in any genre. Filmmakers embrace the Cinderella story. Poets gain skills writing sestinas, villanelles, pantoums and other forms. Novelists know the power of opening and last lines, the hero’s journey, or phrases like “it was as if ” that turn the narrative. But these formulas serve as launching points that inspire invention, creativity, and ownership.
One might pause before labeling “writing frames” and “writing structures” as formulaic (produced according to a formula or set of formulas) writing. Instead, they might see them as authentic tools offering choices and decisions; they might distinguish them from the rigid frameworks controlling numbers and orders.
“Writing frames” and “writing structures” are not meant to restrict; rather, they establish a format that facilitates communication and comprehension. In fact, creativity within formats enhances the message delivered as well as listener/readers’ willingness to attend, consider, and be persuaded or informed.
“It’s Not What You Say… It’s How You Say It.”
When writing a Persuasive Essay using a Framing Structure, it allows for all your creativity, work, effort & energy to be dedicated to the subject. The frame itself is the roadmap on how to get there. It allows you to present your persuasive essay in a proven successful manner. Your formatted presentation is a formal way of “It’s How You Say It”.
To Paraphrase our Persuasive Essay.
Aristotle’s three elements of rhetoric which was a basis of Frame Writing was developed further in the 20th Century. Frame writing became popular with writers growing in their craft and does not become a burden by overuse as a crutch.
It allows one to fully engage in the subject matter with effort, energy and creativeness to produce a most effective document. The need for term papers, thesis, running for office, blogging or any subject where it is necessary to convince an individual or an audience should use Frame Writing.
Using a frame properly with good research, Title, Introduction, content, should lead to a successful Persuasive Essay conclusion.
The Above is an example of writing a persuasive essay. What is frame writing and how do we configure one and use it to produce frame writing essays? If you would like to see how & what efforts are necessary to complete a Frame & make all this happen: Research, Title, Introduction (with, Background Information, Thesis statement, Hook), Paragraphs of content & Conclusion will be my next Post.
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