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  • Everything is an Argument: Understanding Argumentation
    • Steps to write an Argumentation Paper
    • Choose a Topic
    • Take a stand
    • Ensure you stand is debatable
    • Gather and Document Evidence
    • Deal with the opposition
    • Begin with a broad topic or topics and begin to narrow it to a more specific topic
    • At this stage, you are freewriting or brainstorming
    • From the start, consider the topic from other people’s viewpoints Be open to all angles
    • If the evidence goes against your position, you should be willing to change your thesis
    • Take a Stand
    • State your position in the form of a thesis at the end of your introductory paragraph.
    • Your introductory paragraph should also incorporate an introduction strategy.
    • After you have written your thesis, make sure it’s debatable.
    • Arguing a point most people accept is true is useless. Does it pass the “so what” factor?
    • A good argumentation paper presents a proposition that some would object to.
    • Gather Evidence
    • Evidence can be fact or opinion.
    • Facts are statements that most people agree are true and that can be verified, such as statistics.
        • It is a fact that fewer people per year were killed in automobile accidents in the 1990s than in the 1970s.
    • Opinions are interpretations of facts.
        • Note: The opinions of experts are more convincing than those of individuals who have limited knowledge of an issue .
    • Where to locate sources:
    • JCTC library
    • Print media (i.e. library catalogue)
    • Electronic databases
      • Opposing Viewpoints database
      • Infotrac
      • EbscoHost
    • Internet
    Popular/ Scholarly Sources
  • Deal with the Opposition…respectfully
  • Use Effective Appeals Logos – appeal to logic with facts, data, numbers, etc. Pathos –appeal to emotion with real-life stories/examples Ethos – appeal to credibility with a paper that is error free, Well-written, etc.
  • This paper…Problem/Solution Essay See the assignment for more details