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 ARGUMENTATI
        VE
     ESSAY
   WRITING
    FEATURES & FORMAT
LESSON OBJECTIVES

By the end of the lesson, you will
   be able to:
a) Understand the purpose of
   writing an argumentative essay
b) Revise on the features and
   format of a type of exposition
   text
What is the point of arguing?

• You want to get your point across!
• You want others to believe in what you
  have to say.
• An argumentative essay does the same
  thing – it tries to convince readers of
  your point of view.
What’s the point of an
argumentative essay?
In argumentative writing, a writer takes a
position for or against an issue and writes to
convince the reader to believe or do
something.
Argumentative essays are written to get the
reader to accept a point of view. In order to
convince the reader, you need more than an
opinion; you need facts or examples to back
up your opinion.
FORMAT - INTRODUCTION

• What can you say is special about these
  introductions?
  i. “Cigarettes are the number one cause
  of lung cancer in Canada!” – Opening
  with a SHOCKING statement.
  ii. “Elbert Hubbard once said, “Truth is
  stronger than fiction.”- Opening with a
  QUOTATION.
iii. “Have you ever considered how many
  books we’d read if it were not for
  television?” – Opening with a RHETORIC
  QUESTION.
                     A question that doesn’t need an
                     answer – it is used to empahsise a
                     point to the reader

iv. 65% of road accidents are caused by
   drink driving.” – Opening with a
   STATISTIC. This helps to add emphasis or
   interest to your topic. It may be wise to
   include where you got the statistic from.

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Argumentative essay writing teacher slides

  • 1. Sec 3E English ARGUMENTATI VE ESSAY WRITING FEATURES & FORMAT
  • 2. LESSON OBJECTIVES By the end of the lesson, you will be able to: a) Understand the purpose of writing an argumentative essay b) Revise on the features and format of a type of exposition text
  • 3. What is the point of arguing? • You want to get your point across! • You want others to believe in what you have to say. • An argumentative essay does the same thing – it tries to convince readers of your point of view.
  • 4. What’s the point of an argumentative essay? In argumentative writing, a writer takes a position for or against an issue and writes to convince the reader to believe or do something. Argumentative essays are written to get the reader to accept a point of view. In order to convince the reader, you need more than an opinion; you need facts or examples to back up your opinion.
  • 5. FORMAT - INTRODUCTION • What can you say is special about these introductions? i. “Cigarettes are the number one cause of lung cancer in Canada!” – Opening with a SHOCKING statement. ii. “Elbert Hubbard once said, “Truth is stronger than fiction.”- Opening with a QUOTATION.
  • 6. iii. “Have you ever considered how many books we’d read if it were not for television?” – Opening with a RHETORIC QUESTION. A question that doesn’t need an answer – it is used to empahsise a point to the reader iv. 65% of road accidents are caused by drink driving.” – Opening with a STATISTIC. This helps to add emphasis or interest to your topic. It may be wise to include where you got the statistic from.
  • 7. These intros have a “hook or “grabber to attract the reader’s attention. Besides (i) an attention-grabbing opening, the INTRODUCTION should also include (ii) your opinion – this tells the reader the main point of your essay.
  • 8. Opening with a Example introduction: strong statement Of all the problems facing the environment today, the one that bothers me the most is global warming. Some scientists say that the earth is getting warmer because of the greenhouse effect. In this paper I will describe the greenhouse effect and whether the earth’s atmosphere is actually getting warmer. opinion
  • 9. BODY • You must then provide ARGUMENTS to support your opinion. Each paragraph is based on a solid reason to back your opinion. • Since almost all issues have sound arguments on both sides of the question, a good argumentative writer tries to ANTICIPATE opposing viewpoints. One of the paragraphs in the body should be used to discuss OPPOSING viewpoints and your counter-argument.
  • 10. To help elaborate each argument, use • Use examples, real-life experiences, statistics or research. • Give a scenario, especially when you want the reader to see a different point of view. Use cues for the reader eg. suppose if, what if, imagine.
  • 11. CONCLUSION • A piece of argumentative writing usually ends by SUMMARISING the most important details of the argument and stating once again what the reader is to FOR or AGAINST.
  • 12. In your conclusion, • Restate your opinion • Summarize the main points of your argument. • Write a personal comment of call for action. You can do this: – With a Question: Closing with a question lets your readers make their own predictions, draw their own conclusions. – With Recommendations: Stress or recommend the action you want the readers to take.