Writing to Sources: Argumentative Essay
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Prompt: Having passion for a subject is more important than having knowledge about it. Do you agree or disagree?
An argumentative essay is a short work of nonfiction in which the writer states a position, or claim, and defends it with reasons and evidence. The purpose of an argumentative essay is to persuade readers to agree with your ideas.
Be sure each piece of evidence you use to support your claim clearly relates to the reasons you provide. Begin your essay with a clear introduction in which you state your claim. Then, explain your reasons and give evidence that supports them. Finally, end with a conclusion that states your claim in a different way. Try to make that conclusion memorable for readers.
body that provides reasons and evidence to support your claim or position
an attention-getting introduction that states your claim or position on the topic
Topic sentence that introduces what your paragraph will talk about.
conclusion that is memorable and restates your claim or position
Here are the main parts of an argumentative essay:
As the first step for your argumentative essay, find a short work of nonfiction such as a magazine article or online article. Think about the work’s claim or thesis statement.
Organizing your Essay
What claim is stated?
Do you agree or disagree?
What other reasons are used to support the claim?
Use specific details and examples from your research or personal experiences.
What types of evidence are used to support the claim?
What evidence from the selection supports your claim?
Explain whether you agree or disagree with the author’s claim.
Your reader should have a clear understanding to your position.
Barrington Irving: Got 30 Dollars in My Pocket
Organize your Evidence
It's important to provide evidence to support your opinion. Use specific details and examples from the text, as well as your own experiences or observations, to explain why you agree or disagree with the author's claim.
Create your Thesis Statement
Start with a clear statement of their position or claim on the topic. Include 2-3 main points or arguments that support their position.
organize the body paragraph
State 2 to 3 reasons you support your claim with evidence to support those reasons.
write your conclusion
The conclusion is the last paragraph of the essay, where you summarize the main points you've made in your essay. Restate the thesis statement, which is the main claim or argument of the essay.
Write Your first draft
Now it's time to put your essay together. Make sure you have all the elements: Introduction (including your Thesis Statement), Topic Sentence to start your Body paragraph and Body paragraph that contains 2 to 3 reasons/details along with evidence that supports those reason/deatails, and a strong Conclusion.
A topic sentence is the first sentence of a paragraph that tells the reader what the paragraph will be about. A good topic sentence is clear, specific, and focused on one main idea.
Topic Sentence (Reason/Point):Evidence/Supporting Detail 1:Explanation/Analysis:Counterargument/Refutation (optional):Concluding Sentence:
- Restate Thesis:
- Summary of Main Points:
- Call to Action or Implication:
- Closing Statement:
Support your claim, you need to provide specific details that explain why your claim is true or valid.For example, if your claim is about banning homework on weekends, specific details could include the benefits of relaxation and family time, such as reducing stress, improving family relationships, and promoting mental health.
Having passion for a subject is more important than having knowledge about it.
- Hook/Attention Grabber: a hook is the first sentence or sentences in an essay that are designed to grab the reader's attention and make them want to keep reading.
- Background Information: Keep the background information brief and focused on key facts or context that are relevant to the topic.
- Thesis Statement (Claim): a thesis statement is the main point or argument of the essay. It tells the reader what the essay is about and what position the writer is taking on the topic.
Types of evidence you should be used to support your claim are Examples and Anecdotes, Quotations from Experts, Author’s Comments, Facts and statistics, and reliable Websites.
You are making a claim and supporting it with evidence including anecdotes, first-hand observations, quotations, facts, and statistics. In “Barrington Irving, Pilot and Educator,” the author suggests that Irving’s ability to recognize and solve problems was the reason for his remarkable success.
It's important to provide evidence to support your opinion.Use specific details and examples from the text, as well as your own experiences or observations, to explain why you agree or disagree with the author's claim.