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Ch. 7 Planning, Drafting, and Revising an Argumentative Essay
Transcript of Ch. 7 Planning, Drafting, and Revising an Argumentative Essay
Revise & get feedback.
Construct formal outline.
Write a draft.
Take a Stand
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."
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
Be alert for bias--use of preconceived ideas rather than factual evidence.
Do not ignore evidence that contradicts your position.
Add visuals. Edit & proofread.