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Transcript of Argumentative/
What is an argumentative essay?
An essay in which the writer is trying to persuade the audience, or prove a point on a debatable issue either "for" or "against" the topic with the use of PROS and CONS.
Introduce your topic
Make the point of your essay evident
Include attention grabbing sentences
Introduction sentence for the main point of the paragraph
Restate your arguments explaining the whole purpose of your essay
Expository vs. Argumentative Essays
Both essays require researching/ gathering information before starting the essay
Thesis comes at the end of introduction
Focuses more on facts
Explains how things work/what they are
Intended to inform the reader
Includes personal input
Writer's view on an issue
Author can say whatever they like, as long they can back it up with supporting evidence
Questions To Consider While Writing An Argumentative Essay
What are the two sides of the issue? Is it debatable?
How many people will agree with you? Why?
What real-world examples can you provide?
Why should the readers be concerned with the topic?
How does the issue affect you, the author?
Why Don't We Complain Questions
Questions on Meaning
1.) How does Buckley account for his failure to complain to the train conductor? What reasons does he give for not taking action when he notices that the movie he is watching is out of focus?
2.) Where does Buckley finally place the blame for the average American's reluctance to try to "rectify irrational vexations"?
3.) By what means does the author bring his argument around to the subject of political apathy?
4.) What thesis does Buckley attempt to support? What is his purpose?
Questions on Writing Strategy
1.) In taking to task not only his fellow American but also himself, does Buckley strengthen or weaken his charge that, as a people, Americans do not complain enough?
3.) As a whole, is Buckley's essay an example of appeal to emotion or reasoned argument or both? Give evidence for your answer.
6 Easy Steps
Complaining: Is it appropriate or not?
Make sure you use reliable sources such as books, quotes, personal input, reliable websites and any other resources you can find to improve your essay (refer to paragraph 22)
Buckley sides with complaining being
appropriate. Majority of his essay is based off observations.
"From one end of the car to the other, as we rattled through Westchester Country, we sweated; but we did not moan." (Paragraph 1)
"It isn't just they who have given up trying to rectify irrational vexations. It is the American people everywhere."
"I may be crazy, but I say there would have been lots more posters in a society where train temperatures in the dead of winter are not allowed to climb to 85 degrees without complaint." (paragraph 23)
Briefly explain your main points
"All this is so obvious. What is not obvious is what has happened to the American people" (paragraph 3)
Provide your argument with supporting quotes and/or examples
"I think the observable reluctance of the majority of Americans..." (paragraph 19)
Total of 3-5 body paragraphs
"So few people complain or make their voices heard..." (paragraph 21)
Summarize your topic
Reword your thesis
Finish with a strong point
" I may be crazy, but I say there would have been lots more posters..." (paragraph 23)
1. Decide on a controversial topic that will have two conflicting points of view.
2. Research both sides of your topic
3. After choosing a side, make sure you will be able to back it up with evidence
4. Create a strong thesis statement
5. After your introduction, begin writing your supporting body paragraphs
6. Simply restate your thesis, then summarize key points
Transition sentence to next paragraph
Make sure each paragraph focuses on one point related to your thesis*