National 5 English Discursive Essay

Preparing to write a Higher English (or National 5) Persuasive Essay for folio

The Higher English persuasive essay and the National 5 English persuasive essay do not differ much in structure and hardly differ at all in the things you have to do as preparation. As you would expect, the Higher English persuasive essay should be of a higher standard and this can mean a range of evidence and more rhetorical/persuasive language, but the fundamentals are the same.

This is why the video below provides the key steps and information so that a student can succeed at either level.

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In a discursive piece you are expected to discuss a given topic and present an argument related to it.

Organising a discursive essay

There are two basic types of discursive essay. Firstly there are persuasive essays in which you can argue strongly either in favour of or against a given discussion.

Alternatively, there are argumentative essays. In these you look at a discussion topic in a balanced way.

Finding information for a discursive essay

There are many sources you can use to find information for your discursive essay. These include:

  • relevant books from a library
  • online sources
  • magazines and newspapers
  • television and video
  • family members
  • friends

When looking in the library, focus on the non-fiction and reference sections. When searching online, always think carefully about key words.

Make sure you consider the reliability of all your sources. It is important you keep a note of where all your information comes from. This will allow you to check it again later and to complete your bibliography and footnotes.

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