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Argumentative Essay

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Jessica Bohlen

on 13 August 2014

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Transcript of Argumentative Essay

Road to Argument
Step 1 - Read & Re-read the Prompt
Step 2 - Brainstorm
Step 3 - Rough Draft
Intro -
Give a hook (quote, question, fact, etc)
Introduce issue of prompt (possibly both sides or
to other side you are not choosing)
State thesis.

Bodies -
Need a minimum of two
Start with topic sentence; give evidence; and a lot of explaining!

Conclusion - KISS
Keep it simple stupid. Why did your essay matter? What insights does it bring for those who read your paper?
Step 4 - Revise & FINALIZE
Writing Situation
There is an old saying, "There ought to be a law . . ." Some people might also say, "There ought to
be a better law." Think of a law that does not exist but should. Or, think of an existing law that should be
changed. You may choose to take a serious or humorous approach to the topic.

Directions for Writing
Write a speech that you will read aloud to your classmates. Convince your classmates that your law
should be passed. Include reasons and examples to support your law
1. Don't Stress!
Things to know:
For the GHSWT -
You will have 100 minutes
15 min - Brainstorm
35 min - Drafting
25 min - Edit
20 min - Final draft
5 min - proofread
Note: We will mainly use AP argument essay
timeline, which is very different.
You have 40 minutes not 100

10 minutes = brainstorm
25 minutes = rough draft
5 minutes = proofread
You have to write the
essay in PEN!


GHSWT (1-5)
FACT: black ink often scores higher...due to juxtaposition between white of page and ink.
The grading of an argumentative essay
1-2 = DNM
3 = Meets
4-5 = Exceeds
AP Lang =
9 point
1-4 = DNM
5 = Barely Meets
6-7 = Meets
If you want to exceed the GHSWT -
make sure you are getting 7s on our essays!
To do your best, avoid the FATAL FIVE
1. Not understanding the prompt
2. Only providing summary of the issue in the prompt
3. Not taking a clear stand
or not making a clear plan!
4. Using WEAK evidence to support ideas
5. Not planning to ensure seamless organization
Adversity has the effect of eliciting talents which in prosperous circumstances
would have lain dormant.
Consider this quotation about adversity from the Roman poet Horace. Then write an essay that defends, challenges, or qualifies Horace’s assertion about the role that adversity (financial or political hardship, danger, misfortune, etc.) plays in developing a person’s character. Support your argument with appropriate evidence from your reading, observation, or experience.
Understanding the Prompt is the most important step.
GHSWT - Take a Stand Prompt
Writing Situation
Students in a U.S. history course are studying required military service. Some of the students believe that men and women between the ages of 18-35 should be required to serve at least two years in the United States Armed Forces. Other students believe that military service should be voluntary. Decide whether you agree or disagree with required military service.

Directions for Writing
Write a paper to convince students in the history course to take your side on the issue. Include reasons, examples and evidence that would lead the students to support your position.
TAP the prompt:
Weigh your options

Come up with 3-5 evidence ideas

Write a thesis with a clear point

Develop topic sentences to help
your argument travel.

Adversity helps
Adversity hurts
Write a thesis to share!
Now 2-3 bullet points for topic sentences.
Require Military
Do not require military
Freedom is not free
no shortage of aid
American dream is about choice
Not everyone is meant to fight or kill
It is not patriotic if it is forced
Sample Thesis =
The notion of requiring Americans to enlist in the military is simply anti-American.
If you brainstorm, the draft should write painlessly
AP Exam
Spend 20 minutes making it better
Check for transitions
See if you can add more examples or explanations
work on word choices
NEVER SAY "I think/believe...
add metaphors or similes
Rewrite the WHOLE thing
Proofread for careless errors & fix them.
You have only five minutes for this
so try to do the best draft you can
make small make outs if you need to make corrections.
draw a small ^ to insert words, such as transitions.
look for grammar mistakes
Remember the AP essay is graded as a rough draft, but to exceed it needs to be close to perfect.
You & the essay - A metaphorical video
Because this will never will win an argument...
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