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Argumentative Writing

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Louise Campbell

on 21 January 2014

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Transcript of Argumentative Writing

Argumentative Writing
Argumentative Writing =
Your opportunity to demonstrate that you:

can think in a clear,
logical
way;

can
research
complicated ideas making use of a range of
sources
;

can work and
think

independently
.

Argumentative Writing
=

Based on
factual
information
(not opinion);

Well
researched
;

Balanced
;

Carefully
structured
;

Mainly
impersonal
.

Sometimes it's difficult to see past your own viewpoint...
And finally...
What do you know about Argumentative Writing?
(You should have done this before!)
Alternatively...
Work with a partner to come up with a list of topics that people commonly disagree about.

You have five minutes to come up with at least three possible topics.
How to create a question for Argumentative Writing
A sound argumentative essay will normally begin with a question to which there is a genuine choice of possible answers.

There needs to be more than one way to look at the issue.
Write down three things
you know about it.

You have 60 seconds.
The best topics for Argumentative Writing are ones that are of personal interest to you. What do you care about? What makes you angry?

Think about news stories you have recently read about or seen on TV. Do they raise questions? Do you have a personal reaction to them?
Learning Intentions:
1. You will learn the
purpose
of argumentative writing.

2. You will develop ideas for the
content
of your writing.

3. You will learn how to formulate a good argumentative
essay question
.
The point is...
Argumentative Writing should show
skill
and thought.

By the end of your writing, the reader should have enough
facts
relating to each side of the argument to make up his or her own mind.

Your view, as writer, can be made clear at the end once you have weighed up the
evidence
. You don't need to rant!
Make sure there is more than one perspective.
By the time you come to class next time, make sure you have a clear idea of what
topic
you would like to look at in your writing.

Think about your own
perspective
on it and then try to see it from a different point of view.

Make
notes
and bring them with you to class.
Would these work as Argumentative Essay questions?

Give a reason for your answer...
A Disaster of Epic Proportions: Why Scotland Should not Embrace Independence
European Immigrants: The Key to Britain's Economic Future?
Reality Television: the best thing to happen to culture in decades?
Choosing a Topic:
Genetic Modification: Why Our Food is More Dangerous Than we Think.
Plenary

Let's review the learning intentions. Have we succeeded in meeting them?
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