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Argumentative Essay Structure

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Need help with the basics of writing an argumentative essay? This slideshow can help!

Need help with the basics of writing an argumentative essay? This slideshow can help!

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  • 1. Argumentative Essay Structure
  • 2. A convincing argumentative essay must be structured if it is to be effective.
  • 3. A good essay is structured like a sandwich: introduction body conclusion
  • 4. The introduction should include: •A hook to catch your reader’s attention. •Background information about your topic. •Your thesis statement. Your thesis statement explains your central argument. This is the focal point of your essay.
  • 5. The body should include several paragraphs. Each paragraph contains an argument that supporting your thesis statement. This argument is found in the topic sentence of the paragraph.
  • 6. Each paragraph contains specific examples, illustrations, details, or anecdotes that explain or support your argument.
  • 7. If you use information from sources directly (by quoting word for word) or indirectly (by paraphrasing), you should be sure to properly cite them using MLA or APA citations.
  • 8. Your conclusion should include: A brief restatement of your thesis to drive home your argument, and...
  • 9. A call to action explaining to your audience what you would like them to do. What should your readers do with the information you have given them?