Persuasive Essay: (1,200 words, not including references)
Within the stages of an argument, evaluative language and clause structures will either function to
support an argument or detract from its merit. The argument essay required here is an exposition:
– Background: Brief introduction to the issue contextualising the problem
– Thesis: States the author’s position (includes scope, stance & conclusion)
– Arguments: Concisely communicate the rationale for the thesis through definition, explanation and
the integration of supporting evidence
– Thesis Reinforcement: Restates (rewords) the thesis and summarises salient supporting arguments
The essay will be written for a specialist, academic audience and will identify a recommendation in
response to the social inclusion issue topic. The argument essay outlines the key arguments
supporting a central thesis, referencing relevant evidence to support each argument before reiterating
and reinforcing the thesis through a summary of salient arguments.
In the argument essay students are required to reference at least eight (8) sources outside of the
course materials and demonstrate the ability to synthesise information and views from a variety of
perspectives to produce a coherent, well-supported recommendation.