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Pursuasive Writing Course

In this course, students will develop their persuasive writing skills. Each lesson will focus on different components of the persuasive essay, such as writing an engaging introduction, researching and developing supporting evidence, developing effective transitional sentences, and tying an essay together with a rich conclusion. In small groups, students will work to generate ideas, practice developing them, and learn how to create essay outlines. Students will further practice how to cite their work, learn the different types of plagiarism, and understand how to avoid them. Students will practice these writing and researching skills in class, with homework assignments, and receive feedback via one-on-one instructional sessions. By further examining exemplar persuasive essays, students will learn how authors construct and build strong arguments.

Learning Objectives

By the end of this course, students will be able to:

  • Describe the elements of strong persuasive writing
  • Develop and support a strong thesis with evidence
  • Conduct research to find reliable evidence to support their thesis
  • Include citations and recognize how to avoid plagiarism
  • Develop and refine thesis statements, supporting sentences, and conclusions

Course Outcomes

By the end of this course, students will be able to:

  • A carefully cited 500-word five-paragraph persuasive essay
  • 2-3 writing prompt responses
  • Understanding how to compose strong claims or thesis statements
  • Understanding the purpose and structure of each essay component (thesis, introduction, supporting paragraphs, conclusion, etc.)
  • Familiarity with effective research methods and proper citation techniques
  • Understanding the structure of a five-paragraph essay
  • Good preparation for TOEFL and other standardized tests
  • Satisfies criteria for Knovva Academic Standards, based on IB, PISA, Cambridge, and Common Core standards
  • A Certificate of Completion from Knovva Academy and corresponding transcript

Morgan S., M.F.A.

B.F.A, New York University
M.F.A, University of Iowa
Writing Instructor at Knovva Academy

Morgan is a world class scholar who currently teaches English at the eminent Smith College, where her students are geared towards multilingual students. She is a prolific novelist and playwright whose plays have been produced in New York, London, California and Iowa. After earning her BFA at New York University and MFA at the University of Iowa, Morgan started her teaching career in the Peace Corps in the former Soviet Republic of Georgia.

Related Skills

  • English grammar
  • English vocabulary
  • Brainstorming
  • Reading comprehension
  • Literary analysis
  • Critical thinking
  • Drafting and revision
  • Giving and receiving feedback
  • Group discussion
  • Public speaking

Our Schedule


Persuasive Writing course 12 Lessons

80 minutes per lesson

Date and Time

Feb 4 – Apr 22,2022
6:00 PM ET Friday


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