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Argument

  1. 1. Argument<br />Carla M. Jefferson<br />ED 095<br />Sandhills Community College<br />
  2. 2. What Is Argument?<br />A written argument is an attempt to persuade a reader to think or act in a certain way.<br />Your goal is to get people to see your point – to do what you want them to do.<br />
  3. 3. Hints for Writing an Argument Paragraph<br />Pick a topic you can handle.<br />Pick a topic you can handle based on your own experience and observati<br />on.<br />Do two things in your topic sentence:<br />Name the subject of your argument<br />Take a stand<br />Consider your audience.<br />Be specific, clear, and logical in your reasons.<br />
  4. 4. Let’s Practice<br />Exercise 1 - #’s 2, 4,6, 8, 10<br />2 – not appropriate<br />4 – appropriate<br />6 – not appropriate<br />8 – not appropriate<br />10 - appropriate<br />
  5. 5. Writing the argument paragraph<br />
  6. 6. Gathering Ideas<br />Brainstorm<br />Come Up With Your Topic<br />List Related Ideas<br />Grouping Your Ideas<br />Point, Reason, Details<br />
  7. 7. Let’s Practice – Exercise 3<br />Topic sentence: Physical exercise should be a part of every school day at Emerson Elementary School.<br />Reason 1<br />Reason 2<br />Detail for 1<br />Detail for 2<br />Detail for 3<br />Detail for 1<br />Reason 3<br />Detail for 3<br />Detail for 2<br />Detail for 2<br />
  8. 8. Let’s Practice – Exercise 3<br />Topic sentence: The broken streetlights on Milton Avenue need to be repaired immediately.<br />Reason1 <br />Detail for 3<br />Reason 2<br />Detail for 1<br />Detail for 2<br />Reason 3<br />Detail for 3<br />Detail for 1<br />Detail for 2<br />Detail for 2<br />
  9. 9. Devising a Plan<br />Checklist on page 222<br />Using the emphatic order.<br />Saving the best for last<br />
  10. 10. Let’s Practice<br />Exercise 5<br />School buses must be equipped with heating and air-conditioning.<br />Reason 1<br />Anderson Hospital needs to expand its emergency-room services<br />Reason 3<br />College students should receive free annual flu shots at their colleges.<br />Reason 3<br />
  11. 11. Drafting and Revising<br />Checklist on page 226<br />Checking Your Reasons<br />Make sure your argument has covered all serious and/or obvious reasons.<br />Explaining the Problem or the Issue<br />Audience knowledge<br />
  12. 12. Drafting and Revising<br />Use Transitions that emphasize your reasons:<br />Info Box 227<br />Revising a Draft<br />Adding descriptions and details<br />Varying sentence structure (simple, compound, complex)<br />Effectively using transitions<br />
  13. 13. Let’s Practice<br />Exercise 10<br />However<br />First of all<br />More important<br />Even when<br />Most important<br />Finally<br />
  14. 14. Proofreading and Polishing<br />Look to improve your writing by:<br />Improving word usage<br />Adding specific details<br />Creating a creative introduction and conclusion<br />Check your draft for errors in:<br />Spelling<br />Punctuation<br />Typing<br />Formatting<br />
  15. 15. Independent Assignment<br />Exercise 12 (Both Exercises)<br />Paragraph 1 (11 errors)<br />Paragraph 2 (10 errors)<br />
  16. 16. Writing Assignment<br />Page 233 - #2<br />In a paragraph, choose one of the following topics to the audience specified<br />NOTE: 15 sentence maximum<br />Due Monday, June 11that midnight<br />

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