“You have to believe in your position, or nothing will be driving your work.
If you don't believe in what you are saying, there is no point in your saying
-Anne Lamott, Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on the Writing Life
Quick-Write: What do you think about the quote?
"People need to ride their bikes instead of driving their cars to do short errands."
"People should not dump their trash on the roadside." "People ought to pick up after their
dogs in the parks." Suggestions like these are often made. Of course, not everyone will
agree, so people will try to persuade people to see the value of a particular point of view.
In this unit, you will be asked to write a persuasive essay about an issue that
affects you or your community. Your goal is to persuade others to share your point of
view and to take the action you suggest. You can persuade others by stating a clear
opinion and then backing i