Persuasive texts are passages that make the reader want to do something. Such texts show what the author thinks about a subject. The author wants the reader to also think the same way about the subject.
In a persuasive text, the author often wants the reader to:
agree with the author. (example, agree that everyone should recycle)
take an action. (example, vote for a person running to be class president)
buy a product. (example, buy a backpack that can be folded)
Following are some examples of arguments in persuasive texts:
Causation — In this argument, the author claims one thing causes another.
Example — Staying up too late makes it difficult for a child to fall asleep.
Parallelism — In this argument, the author claims that one thing is like another.
Example — Just as children cannot guard chocolate bars, I cannot ask you be in charge of the cash register. Giving
Comparison — In this argument, the author claims how two things are similar or different.
Example — Cereal boxes that appear brightly colored appeal more to children.