The Argument Essay. An argument is an attempt to persuade a reader to think or act in a certain way. It helps you take action in problems or situations and defend your position. Writers choose argumentative essays when they want to persuade readers to change their minds about something.
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An argumentis an attempt to persuade a reader to think or act in a certain way. It helps you take action in problems or situations and defend your position.
Your goal is to get people to see your point. You must convince them of your point of view. Take a stand and support it with reasons and details.
Your introductory paragraph needs to include:1. a brief description of the issue2. a clear statement of both sides of the issue3. an argumentative thesis statement, which is distinctive in that it takes a stand on the issue.
To signal a reasonThe first reason is…The second reason is…Another reason is…An additional reason is…The most convincing piece of evidence is…
I agree (disagree) that …I support the idea that…I do not support the idea that…I am in favor of…I am not in favor of …I propose…______ must (not) be changed______ should (not) be adopted
A thesis statement often mentions the opposing point of view. Some people feel that the USA should have a national health plan like Canada’s.Smokers say that they have a right to smoke.
Other topics1. America should not be the policeman for the world.2. America is ready for a woman president, an African American president or a Hispanic president 3. You should have a will.4. We should all learn to speak a foreign language.5. We should not pay for illegal aliens’ health care.
More Topics6. Death penalty7. Improving our health8. School uniforms9. Violence on TV10. Buying a house11. Anorexia12. Drunk driving13. Animal experiment14. Women in the military
Choose a problem, describe it, mention who/ what causes it, how serious is itpropose and describe your solutionGive counter arguments against the solutionShow the benefits of the solution
An Argumentative Essay contains these five key elements:1. An explanation of the issue2. A clear thesis statement3. A summary of the opposing arguments4. Rebuttals to the opposing arguments5. Your own arguments
Use either a subject by subject or a point by point pattern of organization. Be sure to include the opposing point of view as well as your own.
Your conclusion should refer back to your issue and position. It should end on a strong note urging your reader to see things your way and act accordingly .
Work CitedBook- Peterson, Debra. Writing Across the Curriculum. New Jersey: Oakland, 1987.Article- Daniel Robin. “ The Innocent Victim” Newsweek Dec.19, 2007: 89