This is a great opening Melodie -Do you think the shifting from written pieces of persuasive compositions into lively, passionate public debates or arguments evolved from political demonstrations of mastery. Persuasive writing is far more structured and intentionally shaped to win over an audience with a nod to the oppositions rational. This is followed up with a convincing set of statics or researched antithesis that delineates the writer's rational and confidence over a stance.
Very different than a public debate or argument, assuming that your not referring to a subjective editorial, which as we know is less based on documented evidence and more on one's opinion. -Your inquiry brings to the surface a broad span discussion perhaps initiating clarity in the writing of student expectations and a shared understanding . I can't help but point out a clear shift occurred with the trended popularity of political debates. How often have all of us watch a strong oral debate disintegrate into an argument, and there are tons of archived clips that can shape your final response.
I applaud your public inquiry as it might engage other subjects and researchers who are working on a National Reform Agenda. Many educators' classroom initiatives are very much aligned to persuasive or argument based skill building activities but some States are yielding higher success rates .-This agenda could encompass history, political science, sociology beyond educator's like myself steeped in ELA requirements and trends.-I highly suggest the text-Everything Is An Argument " , a great collection of resources published under the name Andrea A. Lunsford . Every sub-genre of argument is covered along with short bios and anecdotes.
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