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Copy of Welcome to Argument Writing

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Welcome to Argumentative 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
Argumentative Writing
Aims for the reader to accept their perspective as truth
Credible evidence and sources are used to support the writer's argument
3 main steps of argumentative writing: research a debatable topic, align with the stronger side, continue gather facts and reason.
No specific audience in mind
Argumentative writers rely on third person as it is more formal in explaining their argument
Their attitude is respectful, tactful, and formal
Argumentative writers maintain a tone of fairness and reasonableness.
Thesis Statement
Body Paragraphs
Counterargument/counterclaim
That's All!
Let's get started!
During this prezi you are going to learn the steps to argumentative 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.
Summarize
Around the middle of the conclusion paragraph is where you restate your argument. Explain how you proved your thesis and include powerful ideas from your topic sentences. Careful not to use too informal of a tone.
Know your opinion
You need to take a side and not agree with both sides. Know what you're arguing! You will need to know this to write your thesis, argument/claims, reasoning, and counter claims when writing. To do this you will need to spend time gathering a topic. Click here for a tutorial: http://learnzillion.com/lessons/1460-select-a-topic-for-an-argumentative-essay


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. Short tutorial for how to write a conclusion paragraph http://learnzillion.com/lessons/1502-draft-a-concluding-paragraph-for-an-argumentative-essay

Persuasive Vs. Argument : Know the Difference
Persuasive Writing
Structure of an Argumentative Writing
Introduction paragraph that grabs readers attention
Clear, understandable thesis statement
Body paragraphs with PEEL
Support for reasons^
Counterarguments
Conclusion paragraph
Bibliography:
http://writingcenter.unc.edu/handouts/thesis-statements/
http://www1.aucegypt.edu/academic/writers/thesis.htm
https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/685/05/
http://writingcenter.unc.edu/handouts/introductions/
Writing your Thesis: Tips!
Use AAAWWUBBIS words at the beginning of your sentence (after, although, as, when, while, until, because, before, if and since)
Have another credible person review your thesis and give feedback
Make it arguable, if you can't debate it, then 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). Do not give any evidence in a thesis!!!!
Your first thesis is called a "Working Thesis" since it will likely change as your work on your paper
What is a Thesis Statement?
You're probably wondering why is your thesis statement so important? After all, it's just ONE sentence that is located at the end of your introduction paragraph.
It states the claim of the argument presented in a paper. It's like the map of your paper; if you take a trip without knowing where you are going, you will be lost. So will your reader if you don't have a thesis! Do you see now how that ONE sentence is the MOST important sentence in your entire argument?
Click here to http://learnzillion.com/lessons/1467-draft-a-thesis-statement#quickcode-modal listen to a short tutorial that explains how to write one.
Your Introduction Paragraph
It is important to have a compelling introduction because it is the base of your argumentative paper. A lot of information is released to the reader; it's when you make your first impression on your reader. Start with a formal tone (NOT "I am going to tell you why...") Make sure you revise this paragraph so your reader thinks highly of you and your argument, even though they may not agree with you.
Think of the question you are trying to answer. You need to 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
To write an attention grabbing hook, pay attention to your first sentence (An intriguing example, a provocative quotation, a puzzling scenario, vivid and perhaps unexpected anecdote or thought-provoking question
Tutorial http://learnzillion.com/lessons/1471-write-an-introductory-paragraph-that-addresses-the-opposing-views
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 make the sandwich delicious. If your tomatoes and meat were okay, but your lettuce was wilting, your sandwich probably wouldn't taste very good. It all must be good for a sandwich to
That's why it's important to write each part with the simple acronym PEEL in your mind. PEEL creates a structure you can work off, forces you to support your beliefs with evidence, and helps readers interpret what you write. It also develops writers' purpose and has an effect on the reader.

I know it seems strange, but it stands for something you need to know
Let go over PEEL again
P= Point
Topic sentence-one main idea per paragraph
E= Evidence
Use quotations, statistics, and references
E= Explanation
Your own analysis
L=Link
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 it's what someone against you would say. Many think that it would just strengthen the other side, but it makes your argument 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. Show you understand why someone would hold that view. After you've discussed their point, you must write about your explanation on how they were wrong. Be very clever and fair when answering this. Come up with one reason that the opposition reasons are wrong. The best rebuttals include an attack on their logic. False analogy? Post Hoc? Dicto Simpliciter? Poisoning the well? You don't have to name the logical fallacy, but you should be able to explain why the counterclaims are the result of wrong thinking, not just because of a "feeling" or prior belief you have.
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)
Simple example of this.... CATS vs. DOGS

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

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

Make sure your
addressing
THEIR REASON!
http://www.shoreline.edu/doldham/101/html/what%20is%20a%20c-a.htm#pres
https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/724/03/
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? Refer back to your hook - we call this a zinger. Making your hook important in the conclusion paragraph is the hallmark of an advanced writer.
You've learned all of the major
steps of argumentative 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!
USE IN
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