Sunday, April 17, 2011

Argumentative Essay (5/4/2011)

> Brainstorm ideas on the subject.
> Identify the main topics.
> Use these topics as headings for organizing your notes
> Decide which side you are on i.e. which arguments are most convincing. Make sure you choose the side 
   that you can fully support. 
> Plan and write an outline for your essay noting down the information you will include in each paragraph.

> Introduce the topic with general statement.
> State why it is important.
> State there is a difference of opinion about this topic
> Thesis statement must state what YOUR claim is and can include the "parts" of the argument you are
    going to state.

> Arguments for : The reasons "parts" of your thesis statements will be in your body paragraph.
> Give clear arguments for your claim with support. (examples, statistics, explanations, etc.)
> Use transition words as you move from paragraph to paragraph. ( Firstly, Secondly, Furthermore, 
    In addition, Moreover, Finally)
> You also can use any of the transitions from the other essay types as long as they are appropriate for 
    your argument. (You may want to compare/contrast things, give reasons/results, descriptions,
    definitions, etc.)

> This is also used to support your claim.
> Use the counter arguments to show that your idea is the stronger one.
> Do not focus only on the opposing ideas.

a)When you can think of the opposing opinion but you have not seen it written anywhere :
               could be claimed  
   It         may be asserted that...        However,...
               might be argued
b) When you have seen the opposing opinion written in another text :
    It        has been asserted that....        However,....

> Restate the main claim.
> Present one or two general sentences which accurately summarize your arguments which support the
   main premise
> Provide a general warning of the consequences of not following the premise that you put forward 
    and/or a general statement of how the community will benefit from following that premise.


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