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Using the patented Opposing Viewpoints format, this book focuses on writing a persuasive essay. Persuasion is a frequently used essay technique for writing informational, opinionated, and how-to essays. Readers will find useful information to write a successful persuasive essay, including thesis statements, introductions, and conclusions. In addition, readers will find information to compile a "source cited" list using MLA style.
Gr 9 Up- This book outlines the skills needed to create a critical essay. By using a hot topic such as gay marriage, the editor keeps students interested enough to learn how to deconstruct and then write an opinion piece of their own. There are writing tips, organizations students can contact, and facts about gay marriage. However, the essays themselves are often poor examples of writing. Both sides of the issues often contradict their "facts" and "research," which might be confusing to students. Also, the illustrations that accompany the pieces are often located in odd places. For example, an entry about why gays and lesbians should not have children includes a photograph of a same-sex couple and their adopted sons looking very happy and content. The most useful part of this book is section two, which has model essays and writing exercises. In the first example, the editor highlights important components, such as the topic sentence and thesis, and then invites students to do the same with another passage. The greatest concern about this book is that it might be used as a reference source on gay marriage, which it is not meant to be.-Jennifer-Lynn Draper, Children's Literature Consultant, Oshawa, Ontario, Canada