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  1. 1. Argumentative Essay Please read through this Power-Point and answer the questions on the blog.
  2. 2. Arguments
  3. 3. Argumentative Essay vs. Persuasive Essay  Persuasive Writing: Students aggressively try convincing a reader to take their side. We are NOT writing a persuasive essay.  Argumentative Writing: Argumentative writing is much more balanced. It requires the development of both sides of an issue, offering several claims for one side while discussing valid counterclaims from the opposition. Argumentative writing is about giving the reader another perspective to consider on a debatable topic.
  4. 4. What is an Argumentative Essay?  The writer supports a claim with a clear reasons and relevant evidence.  You can agree OR disagree with the claim made.  You must use both evidence and credible sources to form your argument.  You must write about both your reasons for supporting or not supporting the claim and the counterargument against your claim.
  5. 5. Point and Counter Point
  6. 6. Example: The Claim  The claim might be that when using certain websites we are losing our privacy. Do you agree or disagree with this claim? This is can be the basis of an argumentative paper.  Another example might be: As a society, we are becoming less aware of the Bill of Rights and our responsibilities to uphold these rights our nation gives us to new technology that we don’t understand. Do you agree or disagree with this claim? This is can be the basis of an argumentative paper.
  7. 7. The Argument and Counter Argument  You must state your position on the argument and have relevant and credible sources to support your argument. You want to use logic and reason.  What is unique about an argumentative essay is that you do not just give reasons to support your point, you must also discuss the other side’s point and rebut that point.  Rebut means to point out problems with the other side’s P.O.V. and prove they are not good reasons.
  8. 8. An Overview of the Essay  Introductory Paragraph  One sentence Introduction/Global Statement about the claim/issue  A two-three sentence explanation of both sides of the claim/issue. Keep it short and to the point.  Thesis: Here you will explain the position you have taken for or against this claim/issue.
  9. 9. Body Paragraphs  Paragraph One, Two and Three:  Statement of the other side’s argument and your counter argument.  Start with the opposing view and end with yours. It is more effective. We will review transitional and other key words.  Pattern: (We will Discuss this more in-depth in class)  T.S. Topic Sentence  Other sides argument  Your argument  Concluding sentence
  10. 10. Conclusion  Conclusion:  End with a strong statement that supports your side of the argument. Do not include the opposing side’s argument in the conclusion. You want to leave the reader thinking about your side of the argument.  The conclusion can be a combination of a summary of the arguments in your essay and a last strong statement that makes your feelings/thoughts clear on the subject.
  11. 11. But wait! What will I write about?  Answer:  We will discuss this in class.  I will be posting articles for you to read.  You will choose one or two articles to write your argumentative essay.  And remember, this is only one part of our PBL.