Argumentative Essay Structure

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Argumentative Essay Structure

  1. 1. Argumentative Essay Structure
  2. 2. A convincing argumentative essay must be structured if it is to be effective.
  3. 3. A good essay is structured like a sandwich: introduction body conclusion
  4. 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. 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. 6. Each paragraph contains specific examples, illustrations, details, or anecdotes that explain or support your argument.
  7. 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. 8. Your conclusion should include: A brief restatement of your thesis to drive home your argument, and...
  9. 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?

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