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Writing - Argumentative Essay


Writing an argumentative essay

Pre-writing

State the "controversy" in the form of a yes/no question.

Should guns be made legal?

Is television harmful to children?

Divide your paper into two parts:

Pros
Cons
Guns can be helpful to defend ourselves from dangerous criminals

...

...

Guns can be harmful, especially at the hands of irresponsible people

...

...

  • Decide which side of the argument you will defend.
  • Remember to support your opinions with facts, statistics, examples, quotes ...

Writing

Include an introduction, a body and a conclusion:

Introduction:

State the problem: a clear thesis statement.

Body:

Paragraph: topic sentence

a. argument 1

b. argument 2

c. argument 3

d. ...

Paragraph: topic sentence

a. argument 1

b. argument 2

c. argument 3

d. ...

Conclusion:

a. Give a balanced view.

b. Give your opinion.

Post writing

Edit your essay.

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