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The Argumentative Essay. Everything you need to know to write one!. Step One. Choose a controversial topic that interests you. Step Two. Do some reading on the topic. Here is a website that might help you: www.gc.maricopa.edu/English/topicarg.html. Step Three. Write a thesis statement.

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the argumentative essay

The Argumentative Essay

Everything you need to know to write one!

step one
Step One
  • Choose a controversial topic that interests you.
step two
Step Two
  • Do some reading on the topic. Here is a website that might help you:

www.gc.maricopa.edu/English/topicarg.html

step three
Step Three
  • Write a thesis statement.
  • You may want to use one of the thesis statements provided at: www.gc.maricopa.edu/English/topicarg.html

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step four
Step Four
  • Choose three ideas to support your argument.
step five
Step Five
  • Consider the opposing arguments. If you were arguing with your friends, how would they try to prove you were wrong?
step six
Step Six
  • Organize your ideas into an outline.

Paragraph 1 – Introduction includes thesis statement and supporting ideas

Paragraph 2 – Opposing argument and your refutation

Paragraph 3 – Opposing argument and your refutation

Paragraph 4 – Your strongest supporting argument

Paragraph 5 – Conclusion includes restatement of thesis and supporting ideas. Make a prediction, a recommendation, or a summary.

step 7
Step 7
  • Follow your outline and write the essay.
  • Be sure to edit your writing for grammar, spelling, and word choice errors.
  • Good Luck!