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Welcome to Argument Writing

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Brittany R

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Welcome to Argument Writing
Aims for the reader to agree with their view
Evidence is mixed with opinions to make readers like their perspective
3 main steps of the writing process includes: Pick a topic you like, Chose your side, and start writing
Common points of view are First Person & Second Person
Persuasive writing is personal, passionate, and emotional
They consider the emotional strategy that will work best on their audience
Argument Writing
Aims for the reader to accept their perspective as truth
Credible evidence is used to support the writers argument is valid
3 main steps of Argument writing: Research a debatable topic, Align with the stronger side, continue gather facts and reason.
No specific audience in mind, argument writers write in third person as it is more formal well explaining their argument
Their attitude is respectful, tactful, and formal
Argumentative writers maintain a tone of fairness and reasonableness.
Thesis Statement
Body Paragraphs
That's All!
Let's get started!
During this prezi you are going to learn the steps to argument writing and how to really defeat your opponent like a boss.
First: Revise your Thesis
This should be at the beginning of the conclusion. You need to paraphrase your original thesis to prove your same point but in a new language.
Around the middle of the paragraph, here is where you restate your argument. Explain how you proved your thesis and include powerful ideas from your topic sentences.
Know your opinion
Whether or not you get to chose your opinion or not, you should still know what your arguing. You will need to know this to write your thesis, argument reasons, and counter reasons when writing.
Conclusion: Time to wrap everything up!
You need a conclusion in your essay to provide a closure for your reader, to drive your main points home and to show your readers why all this matters. You want your reader to walk away with a full understanding of what it is you wrote about.

Persuasive Vs. Argument : Know the Difference
Persuasive Writing
Structure of a Argument Writing
An Introduction paragraph that grabs readers attention
A Conclusion that sums up your essay
A Clear, Understandable Thesis statement
Body Paragraphs with logical reasons
Support for reasons
Writing your Thesis: Tips!
When writing your thesis avoid words like 'good' or 'successful', instead answer why it's good or how it is successful.
Use AAAWWUBBIS words at the beginning of your sentence (after, although, as, when, while, until, because, before, if and since)
Have another worthy person review your sentence and give feedback
Make it arguable, if you can't debate it than it's more a fact than a thesis
Avoid making broad, vague generalizations, Be specific so your reader knows what your saying exactly
Have two or three main points in your thesis, avoid long lists to leave room to explore your reasons
What is a Thesis Statement?
Your probably wondering, What is a thesis statement? Why is it so important? Well, your thesis statement is a statement that appears near the beginning of a paper, and it offers a concise solution to the issue being addressed. It states the claim of the argument presented in a paper. It's like the map of your paper, it addresses your reasons and tells your reader how to interpret the importance of the subject to come.
Your Introduction Paragraph
It is important to have a compelling introduction because it is the base of your argument paper. A lot of information is released to the reader and its when you make your first impression on your reader. It's best to write with interest, knowledge, and make sure you revise this paragraph so your reader thinks highly of you. You want your reader to keep reading as well.
While writing think of the question you are trying to answer. You can answer your question directly in the thesis statement and throughout your paper.
Some people write their introductions last, it helps them think of the main point they're arguing
Decide how general or broad your opening is going to be- Keep in mind it has to relate with the topic in someway
Write a attention grabber, make sure you pay attention to your first sentence (5 different ways to do this: An intriguing example, a provocative quotation, a puzzling scenario, vivid and perhaps unexpected anecdote or thought-provoking question
Writing your body paragraph

To write a good argument essay, this part is crucial. Think of your essay like a Sandwich. The body paragraphs are the insides, they're what makes the sandwich delicious. If let's say your tomatoes and meat were okay, but you lettuce was wilting, your sandwich probably wouldn't taste very good. That's why it's important to write each part with the simple acronym PEE in your mind! PEE creates a structure you can work off, forces you to prove your evidence, and helps readers interpret what you write. It also develops writers purpose and puts an effect on the reader. Now we just need to know what it stands for...
Let go over PEE
P= Point
Explain your ideas!
E= Evidence
Use quotations, statistics, and references!
E= Explanation
Tie it all together by saying what your trying to prove.
Here is where you opinion matters!

Writing a Counterargument
Not only do you have to have strong body paragraphs but you have to have a strong counterargument paragraph. The counterargument is usually stated in the thesis as well and its what someone against you would say. Many think that it would just strengthen the other side but really, it makes your stronger if done well. It allows you to reply to your readers objections before the paper is over and shows you are a reasonable person who has considered both sides of the argument.
Makes sure you write more than just a sentence before you knock the statement down. Show you understand why someone would hold that view. Make it multiple sentences or a paragraph if you have to. Writing more helps you out when you rebuttal the reason and helps you reader follow your motive.
After you've proved their point you most write about your explanation on how they were wrong. Be very clever when answering this, but fair. Come up with one reason that their opposition reasons is irrelevant. Some effective ways of doing this is to show it was based on faulty assumptions.
I suggest following this system when writing counter arguments:

One might argue... (fill in reason)
Because... (why one would say that)

But... (say why this wouldn't be true)
because... (reasons it wouldn't fully explained)
Therefore... (this is where you state that's why it wouldn't be true)
Example of this.... CATS vs. DOGS

One might argue that dogs are better than cats
because they are playful and energetic.

But not all dogs are playful and energetic
because different breeds have shown to be less
Therefore not all dogs are playful and energetic.

Make sure your
Or super thesis I call it
Now you have to leave the food for thought
At the end of your conclusion paragraph you have to do your so what. What did all this writing mean? Why should some one listen to your thesis? Why is it important?
You've learned all of the major
steps of argument writing. Remember to revise your thesis, keep your reasons strong, keep your rebuttal on your counterargument strong and end it all off with your super conclusion!
Writing your Conclusion
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