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Argumentative Writing

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Mary Beth McGinty

on 12 November 2012

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Transcript of Argumentative Writing

Argumentative Writing Step 1: Find a topic that interests you. Step 2: Consider both sides of the argument Step 3: Gather Evidence Consider several topics that would have conflicting points of view or very different conclusions. Make a list of both sides of the argument, and pick a side. The act of arguing involves providing proof to support your claim, with or without emotions. Put it all together now! Find one of the topics that sparks your interest. Make sure it's a topic that you can back up with plenty of evidence. While considering your topic, make a mental list of points you could use as evidence for or against an issue. You are being asked to take a stand and present your point of view on a topic. This is a chance to show off
and express yourself! Examples of Argumentative Topics: Participating in team sports helps to develop good character. People have become overly dependent on technology. Zoos are cruel to animals and should be shut down. Professional baseball players convicted of using performance-enhancing drugs should not be considered for induction into the Hall of Fame. One of the first objectives in your essay is to present both sides. Of course, you'll end with telling the audience WHY your side is the best! You need to consider strong arguments for the "other" side, and then shoot them down. You want to provide evidence without providing too much DRAMA. You'll explore two sides of a topic (briefly), and provide proof as to why one side or position is the best one. Brief explanation of your topic. Thesis statement of your position on a particular controversial topic Body of your essay: Go into more detail of both sides of your argument. After describing the "other" side, you will present your own viewpoint and provide EVIDENCE to show why your position is the correct one. Present your strongest points one by one, and provide different types of evidence, like statistics, charts, and anecdotal stories. Tips for your essay: Avoid emotional language. Know the difference between a logical conclusion, and an emotional point of view. Don't make up evidence. Cite your sources. Make an outline. Big Tip: Be prepared to defend your side by knowing the strongest arguments for the other side! You might be challenged by a student or the teacher, and you want to prove that you know your stuff! Introduction: What is a Thesis Statement? The thesis statement is a sentence or two in your introduction that basically tells the readers what the paper is going to be about. A thesis statement does not say: "I am going to write about," or "I am going to tell you about..." It is a statement of something that you are going to prove. Example Thesis Statements: The NCAA academic requirements need to be changed to accommodate students whose focus has been athletics and not academics. SEE MORE EXAMPLES ON NEXT SITE!
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