Using First Person in an Academic Essay: When is It Okay?
Using First Person in an Academic Essay: ..
Why a class specifically on persuasive writing? First of all, here in Nevada, the state writing test for eleventh graders must be passed by every student planning to graduate, and the prompts given to our juniors can be either expository or persuasive. Second, we believe persuasive writing is a neglected genre, even though it is clearly embedded in our state standards. Too often, persuasive writing lessons are taught only by our language arts teachers, who only have limited time to focus on this genre because they are teaching so many other genres and modes. We believe persuasive writing is a type of writing that can be practiced in every curriculum area, and we believe with repeated exposure to persuasive writing tasks that our students will be that much more prepared for their high school writing tests. Our new inservice workshop was designed to help teacher participants design thoughtful persuasive writing lessons that would engage students to use their written voices when writing in all curriculum areas.
but it is actually effective and/or persuasive to use first person
Carol talks about the importance of having her students think deeply when comparing multiple perspectives, especially when comparing perspectives on topics for persuasive writing; by doing so, students can approach persuasive arguments with more objective understandings of their topic, and they can anticipate an opponent's argument and prepare for it. Studying perspective helps students move beyond the immature "I'm right because you're wrong" argument style.