The Best Online Resources For Helping Students Learn To Write Persuasive Essays

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Primary Resources Persuasive Writing downloads and links

Basic Language Literacy: Argument & Persuasion

Persuasive Writing

In persuasive writing the writer presents his or her opinion and tries to convince the reader to agree. Here you'll find help for writing a variety of persuasive essays.
Get started with this tutorial for an overview of persuasive writing.

Power League

Create your own leagues or use our ready–made ones — Power League is a free, versatile resource for actively engaging people with topics and positioning potentially challenging issues in a fun, easy way.
Power League can be used by everyone to take part in our public leagues, or you can set up your own custom leagues. We've provided 5 important leagues to get you going, which you can copy and customise, or you can use our easy wizard to set up your own. Your leagues are private to you and can be shared with your friends using an individual league URL and password.
Power League is an interesting concept. It provides free access to its site which is based on the idea of leagues. Leagues are forums or discussions about particular topics; students can discuss, question, debate and even vote. If a league is not suitable or available, teachers can start their own league.
Although designed in the UK for Key Stages 3 and 4 (years 7-9 and years 10-11), Power League is a very useful site for Australian teachers and is ideal for debating or any class that requires discussion. This teacher guide will give you much more information.
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Debatepedia is a wiki encyclopedia of pro and con arguments and quotations in important public debates from around the world.
Browse through Debatepedia's main categories to explore its contents and areas of interest to you. Go to Debatepedia's contents page to see all of its categories, portals, and other contents.


Our goal is to make the best arguments on all sides of any debate freely available to all and continuously open to challenge and improvement by all.
Universities and schools are free to use debate maps for research and classroom projects—and to teach and encourage critical thinking skills.
Debate Graph is a great resource that students can use to evaluate the many arguments in hot-button global topics. By providing webbed diagrams of arguments students can see and explore the many facets of debate.

To find a debate, visit the gallery of debates on Debate Graph. There are two options for exploring debates. The simplest way to is use the "explorer view" of a debate. The "explorer view" provides an easy to explore webbed diagram. To explore a debate students just need to click on any of the connected circles in a diagram. To explore a debate in the most depth, select the "mapper view" which gives you access to all of the information used in the creation of webbed diagrams. If you want to create your own debate diagram or contribute to one that is already started register for free on Debate Graph.external image Picture+16.png

International Debate Association


Opposing Views

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"Promoting education, critical thinking, and informed citizenship by presenting controversial issues in a simple, nonpartisan primarily pro-con format."
Pros and Cons of Controversial Issues

aMap - Argument Creator

aMap is short for 'argument map'. The idea's very simple - to get more people arguing by mapping out complex debates in a simple visual format. Interactive personalised aMaps, which you can make here

Persuasion Map

Map out your argument or debate online


Teen Writing Art Response

See what bubbles up with art that asks you to question your attitudes and views. Some good ideas here - ideas written by teens and supported with a graphic

Point-of-View Pictures

Step out of your standpoint and imagine the concerns, arguments, and beliefs of others.

20 Issues

Investigate a selection of hot topics to heat you up.

Online Resources:
PBS Frontline Pro/Con
GamblingGun ControlGenetically Modified FoodsMinimum Sentences for InformantsThe Death PenaltyStem Cell Research

Write Fix - Argument & Opinion Essays

Intended for ESL students but has useful information for all students