Topic: For your assignment you will describe an instance when you successfully persuaded someone (or when someone else successfully persuaded you). In doing so, you will need to identify who you persuaded, detail the tactics you used, and discuss why these tactics were helpful.

Although it is possible to write about something minor (convincing a friend to go to the movies, etc.), try to write about a meaningful occurrence such as an admissions counselor who convinced you to attend LoneStar College, or a salesman who convinced you to buy a certain car.

You may write about anything appropriate for an academic environment.

Things to Think About

  • What made your persuasive tactics successful?
  • How did you know which tactics to use? Were they successful in the past?
  • Did you appeal to the other person’s emotions? Values? Friendship?
  • It may be helpful to review the terms ethos, pathos, and logos.

Because of the topic, your paper will necessarily rely on personal opinion but you should strive to maintain professional tone and diction throughout.

Organize your assignment into two parts: the narrative and the rhetorical analysis. Your narrative should relate the scenario in an interesting and lively manner. The rhetorical analysis should analyze your persuasive tactics and suggest why you were successful.


  • Your paper should be between 2-4 pages (700-800 words); double-spaced in 12 point;
    Times New Roman or Garamond font.
  • Standard margins (1″ top and bottom; left and right).
  • Use this sheet as your template for the heading and header of your own assignment.

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