ARGUMENTATIVE PAPER. PRE-WRITING AND FIRST DRAFT. KELLY KOPER HCHS RAIDER ACADEMY SPRING 2-14. THESIS STATEMENT: I know some people disagree with me, but I think that _________________________________. I know some people disagree with me, but I believe that _________________.
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PRE-WRITING AND FIRST DRAFT
HCHS RAIDER ACADEMY
THESIS STATEMENT: I know some people disagree with me, but I think that _________________________________.
IDEAS FOR TOPICS
1. TOPIC SENTENCE: One reason I believe this is
2. SUPPORTING DETAILS (facts, statistics, logic, personal experiences, expert statements, opinion, etc.):
3. CONCLUSION (summarize, repeat, etc.):
And now, do the same thing for the second paragraph in your body (and for the other paragraphs you have supporting your position – be sure to use your two best paragraphs first and last).
This may be the hard part because it will seem like you are arguing against yourself, but you need to give the best reasons you can think of that others may have for disagreeing with you.
2. SECOND OR THIRD REASONS AND/OR
EXPLANATORY DETAILS: Remember that you
are just acknowledging their position, not
trying to prove it.
3. CONCLUSION: This may simply be a statement
like, “These sound like valid reasons, but I
And now it’s your turn to argue back.
Finally, it’s time for the introduction
ATTENTION GRABBER (Quote, question, story, shocking fact, etc.
And the last thing: The Conclusion
TOPIC SENTENCE -- This may be a restatement of the thesis statement
Emphasize your best points.
CONCLUSION – This final sentence should make your paper “seem” finished.
Revising and Editing
Go back and check your facts.
Is there a better way to organize your paper?
Have another person read it. Is there anything that is unclear to him/her?
Have you included unnecessary and/or irrelevant details?
Have you used effective transitions?
Count the number of sentences in each paragraph.
Are the paragraphs varied in length?
7. Circle the first word in each sentence in your
Have you repeated the same word?
8. In your longest paragraph, count the number
of letters in your longest word.
In your shortest word.
Are the word lengths varied?
9. Take out phrases like, “I think that” and “I
believe that.” Rewrite the sentences if
10. Check for red and green squiggly lines.
Correct your spelling and grammar.