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Ch. 7 Planning, Drafting, and Revising an Argumentative Essay

Ch. 7, Practical Argument
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Jeanne Foust

on 31 March 2015

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Transcript of Ch. 7 Planning, Drafting, and Revising an Argumentative Essay

What now?
Revise & get feedback.
Revise thesis.
Construct formal outline.
Write a draft.
Take a Stand
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Choosing a Topic
Emotional Stake, Open Mind, Narrow Enough
Invention Strategies (Pre-Writing)
Freewriting (writing w/o stopping for a predetermined time)

Brainstorming (making quick notes
on your topic)
An argumentative thesis must be debatable; it must have at least two sides, presenting a position with which some people might disagree.
An antithesis is an opposing statement.

Thesis: College campuses should go "green."

Antithesis: College campuses should not go "green."
Gathering Evidence
Facts
Unsupported Opinions
Supported Opinions
Establish your credibility & be fair!
Planning, Drafting, & Revising
an Argumentative Essay

You must refute opposing arguments.
Ch. 7, Practical Argument
Topic: The "Green" movement on college campuses
Take a look at Exercise 7.1 on p. 243. Brainstorm five potential topics. Cross out any that do not meet the criteria listed in the exercise.
According to Ex. 7.2 on p. 246, brainstorm one of your remaining topics from your list of possible topics.
Right now your thesis is only tentative. You will very likely modify your thesis statement.
For the topic you brainstormed in Ex. 7.2, list five possible thesis statements. Can you write an antithesis for each thesis?
Evaluating Evidence in Sources
Accurate
Relevant
Representative
Sufficient
Be alert for bias--use of preconceived ideas rather than factual evidence.
Do not ignore evidence that contradicts your position.
Add visuals. Edit & proofread.
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