Sample Persuasive Essay (that we wrote together as a class)
I think students should not take drugs. Students shouldn’t take drugs because they are very dangerous. Sometimes people die from overdosing on illegal drugs. If a student is on drugs, they might take more risks than normal and get hurt that way too. They might jump out of a window on LSD. Some illegal drugs are very addicting. That means once you start using them, it can be very difficult to stop. Once a person is addicted, they will do anything to get the drug, including commit crimes. Some drugs affect the development or structure of the brain. They can make the brain not work as well, which can affect the person’s future. Finally, students shouldn’t take illegal drugs because they are, well, illegal. If they get caught, they could go to jail. They could lose their spot at college, or they could lose a scholarship. Clearly, students should avoid taking illegal drugs.