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  • 1. ARGUMENTATIVE ESSAYS G1469 – AICLE – Prof. Isadora Norman
  • 2. Argumentative Essay  Purpose: persuade your audience  Structure: five paragraphs  Audience: fellow teachers and teachers in training
  • 3. Purpose  Argumentative essays are the presentation of two sides to an argument  Example: Advantages of switching to a compressed school day rather than the traditional split schedule.  Provide arguments for and against your position  Remember: You need to inform AND convince
  • 4. Structure  Normal Essay Structure:  Introduction  Body  Conclusion
  • 5. Structure  Five paragraphs:  1. Introduction  2. Statement of your position  3. Counter-arguments  4. Reply 5. Conclusion
  • 6. Structure  Five paragraphs: 1. Introduction 2. Statement of your position 3. Counter-arguments 4. Reply 5. Conclusion
  • 7. 1. Introduction Brief description of the situation Background information and definitions.
  • 8. 2. Position Statement  This paragraph begins with your Thesis Statement, a sentence which sums up your perspective on the question being debated.  The other sentences provide support for your argument with examples and evidence  Often, we cite experts to support our argument
  • 9. 3. Counter-argument  We must address arguments against our position in order to make our own argument stronger.  Outline 2-3 counter-arguments, using examples and evidence
  • 10. 4. Reply Answer the counter-arguments Provide more evidence or examples supporting your thesis
  • 11. 5. Conclusion  Readdress your thesis, keeping in mind the counter-argument and reply.  Close with a recommendation in line with your perspective on the topic.
  • 12. Your Assignment:  Write an argumentative essay to persuade your peers of the benefits of using CLIL to teach language and content  The background information you need is found in chapter 1 of Uncovering CLIL (pages 9-24)  Choose FOUR possible topics from pages 20- 23  Select ONE topic for your thesis statement  We will discuss these topics on Monday