Creating an Argumentative Essay

A helpful explanation of how to compose a simple essay

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Creating an Argumentative Essay

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  1. Creating an Argumentative Essay

    Slide 1 - Creating an Argumentative Essay

    • Mr. King’s 1st Period Literacy Class
  2. To Argue is …

    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
  3. Why Do We Write Argumentative Essays?

    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.
  4. How to Compose Your Essay?

    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
  5. Part 1: Background and Thesis

    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.
  6. Part 2: Your Argument

    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!!!
  7. Part 3: The Counter-Argument

    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.
  8. Part 4: Conclusion

    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.
  9. External Resources

    Slide 9 - External Resources

    • Purdue OWL: Essay Writing – Argumentative Essays
    • Students can use the link below for an additional explanation of writing argumentative essays.
    • https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/685/05/
    • About Education: 50 Argument Essay Topics
    • This would provide students with ideas in choosing their topic.
    • http://homeworktips.about.com/od/essaywriting/a/argumenttopics.htm
  10. Review Quiz

    Slide 10 - Review Quiz

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