A high school class reads an essay about the possible effects of sexual activity on teens. The author’s position is very clear: She believes young people should avoid sex because they aren’t mature enough to take the necessary steps to remain safe. The author cites facts, research studies, and statistics to strengthen her position. This type of writing is called:
Persuasive. The author is hoping to persuade or convince young readers to avoid sex by providing them with facts as well as by using rhetorical devices such as dispelling opposing arguments.