Thursday, February 21, 2013

examples of persuasive facts

As the spring semester often focuses on persuasive writing, the LRWPROF listserv has been sharing ideas for teaching persuasion and memorable examples of persuasive writing, as well as point of view and story/narrative.  A couple of examples based on currents events include the Pistorius murder case and the Manti Te'o story.

I often share with my students a couple of published cases that have stayed with me for over 20 years . . . one about the burn injuries to a young girl, one about a man and his mother, both kidnapped and the mother, murdered.  The careful and sparing use of specific sensory detail in each of those cases was most effective!

Do any of our readers have an example of effective persuasive facts to share?


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The closing argument here is not persuasive writing, but it does hit some on persuasive facts. This is by Craig Cooley, defense counsel for John Malvo (one of the D.C. snipers).

Posted by: GHH | Feb 21, 2013 10:06:26 AM

few cases have persuasive facts. most facts are probably direct; circumstantial or persuasive facts are often complex. your facts are just better than the facts on the other side.

The all time best may have been, for the simpler the more persuasive:

Q. How do you know the Defendant bit off the ear of the victim?

A. I saw him spit it out.

Posted by: John | Feb 25, 2013 6:05:34 PM

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