Argumentation versus Persuasion

Check out this discussion thread on English Companion Ning which includes Carol S’s distinction, as well as a list of quality resources to teach this key kind of writing and meet Common Core Standards for English Language Arts.

Written by Carol  S

Argue = change what the readers THINK Persuade = change what the readers DO
You can argue that a film is insipid, that the president’s economic plan will improve our nation,  that smoking ought to be allowed in bars, that teenagers are obnoxious twits.  They might change their thinking after reading your paper.You can try to persuade people to shop at Macy’s, vote for this candidate, travel to Maui,  shave their heads. Your goal is to get them to do something.
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