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English 10
Persuasive Writing
“O Canada I pay my tax for thee”
March 30, 2005

This week, we will continue our work on the reading, “O Canada I pay my tax for thee.”

Class Work on Vocabulary Sentences:

The teacher will type sentences from the students demonstrating vocabulary from the reading. Students will try to correctly guess the missing words.

Pair Work:

Exchange your three-sentence summary with your partner. Write a comment below your partner’s summary. Is it correct, in your opinion? Is there anything missing?

Personal Response:

Are you persuaded by Heather Mallick’s argument? If you are, identify the reasons why. If you are not persuaded, give reasons why you are not persuaded. Write about 100 words. Use examples from the reading to support your ideas.

Class Discussion:

We will discuss our ideas and identify some key elements of persuasive writing.


Write a persuasive paragraph about an issue that is important to you personally. Use facts taken from Internet, newspapers, or books to support your argument. See the teacher sample and persuasive writing advice sheet for more information.

Revise your paragraph at least once. Bring both copies to next week’s class on April 6.

Fast Food? Be Careful What You Eat!

     Fast food is convenient when in a rush, but it is a bad idea to eat it too much or too often. Recently, McDonald’s featured a two dollar deal: Big Mac and small fries. Very tempting, and my son (who doesn’t normally eat at McDonald’s) bought this meal last week. What is the nutritional content of a Big Mac and fries? The hamburger contains 570 calories; almost half (280 calories) come from fat. Ten grams is saturated, the most dangerous and harmful to our heart. The Canadian Food Guide recommends that we "choose lower-fat foods more often." My son also ate a small fries! Unfortunately, they contain 210 calories, with 10 more grams of fat (1.5 grams saturated). He bought a drink as well, which adds another 150 calories (small size). Imagine he eats this dinner more than once a week! A two dollar meal contains a lot of fat. So, although fast food is very convenient (and cheap) to buy, it includes lots of fat—I think I’ll go and eat an apple, instead! (Written as an example of persuasive writing, using facts to support opinions; 172 words—revised in 2005)


Sources Consulted:

Fast Food Facts

Canada's Food Guide

Fast Food Nation: The Dark Side of the All-American Meal

Writing Good Persuasive Paragraphs:

First: Write down at least one idea for BOTH SIDES of your topic. For example, if your idea is, "fast food is bad for us," then be sure to include:

a) It is a fact that fast food has higher fat than fresher, home made food.

b) It is ALSO a fact that fast food is convenient when a person is in a hurry. (other side)

Second: Make sure you have at least THREE facts to support your opinion.

Another fact on fast food is that it is higher in calories due to frying, use of sugar and so on.

Third: Be clear on the ACTION you wish the reader to take.

For a paragraph on fast food, we may wish to say, "People would be wise to eat less fast food every week to preserve their health."



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