The Argument Essay. The Six-Part Oration: An alternative to the Five Paragraph Theme. From Jolliffe and Roskelly Writing America: Language and Comp in Context Cicero taught his students to create speeches by following a six-part model: Exordium Narration Partition Confirmation
(But before we get to that, recognize that “MOVE” does not equal “paragraph”– some may take more than one paragraph to accomplish, some less)
Also, remember every grader is human. Grading gets tedious and when you come across boring, safe, predictable arguments, readers aren’t impressed. If you can be creative in your approach, rationale, evidence, or thesis statement, you will score higher. If you can pull it off, that is. You want to make sure you still use appropriate evidence and stay on topic, directly answering the prompt. Special insight into the plight of humanity requires critical thinking. Evidence of critical thinking in any essay is always a plus. Also, wit is good. Corniness or humor that falls flat isn’t. Be certain when writing a humorous essay or making a humorous point that someone else besides you thinks it’s funny.