Creating an Argumentative Essay
By James King
Created 2 years ago
A helpful explanation of how to compose a simple essay
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Slide 1 - Creating an Argumentative Essay
- Mr. King’s 1st Period Literacy Class
Slide 2 - To Argue is …
- To Quarrel
- To Disagree
- To Squabble
- To Fight
- To Dispute
- To Wrangle
- Have a Feud
- Engage in a Disputation
- A Falling-out
- To Clash
- To be in an Altercation
Slide 3 - Why Do We Write Argumentative Essays?
- Argumentative Essays are not intended to offend or upset anyone.
- Argumentative essays differ only from informative essays in that they use counter-arguments in the essay to acknowledge the opposite side of the issue.
Slide 4 - How to Compose Your Essay?
- * Argumentative essays are not complicated. They are actually simple but very effective.
- * Argumentative Essays are made up of four key parts:
- * Part 1: Background and Thesis
- *Part 2: Your Argument
- *Part 3: Counter Argument and Rebuttal
- *Part 4: Conclusion
Slide 5 - Part 1: Background and Thesis
- Hook Sentence – first sentence of the essay; catches the readers attention.
- Background information on the topic
- Thesis – Last sentence of the opening paragraph; summarizes what the entire essay is about.
Slide 6 - Part 2: Your Argument
- Claims: This is where you begin to explain your side of the argument to your audience. Your background knowledge of the subject and your beliefs are stated in this section.
- Evidence: In order for you to make a claim, you must “back-up” what you are arguing for with reliable, factual information from reliable sources. Wikipedia is not one!!!
Slide 7 - Part 3: The Counter-Argument
- Your essay changes from an Informative Essay to an Argumentative Essay when you state the opposing side of the subject and their/it’s beliefs.
- The counter-argument contains your “opponent’s viewpoint” and a rebuttal, or an explanation of what the other side thinks and believes while being supported by evidence.
Slide 8 - Part 4: Conclusion
- Bring the readers of your essay back to focusing on your side of the argument.
- Restate your opinion. Conclude your final paragraph by explaining to your readers why they should agree with you.
- Restate your Thesis Statement from your opening paragraph by rewording it as the last sentences of your conclusion paragraph.
Slide 9 - External Resources
- Purdue OWL: Essay Writing – Argumentative Essays
- Students can use the link below for an additional explanation of writing argumentative essays.
- About Education: 50 Argument Essay Topics
- This would provide students with ideas in choosing their topic.
Slide 10 - Review Quiz
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