The Argumentative Essay

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The Argumentative Essay
The Argumentative
Essay
Everything you need to know
to write one!
Step One
u  Choose
a controversial topic that
interests you.
Step Two
u  Do
some reading on the topic. Here
is a website that might help you:
www.gc.maricopa.edu/English/topicarg.html
Step Three
u  Write
a thesis statement.
u  You may want to use one of the
thesis statements provided at:
www.gc.maricopa.edu/English/topicarg.html
Step Four
u  Choose
three ideas to support your
argument.
Step Five
u  Consider
the opposing arguments. If
you were arguing with your friends,
how would they try to prove you
were wrong?
Step Six
u  Organize
your ideas into an outline.
Paragraph 1 – Introduction includes thesis statement
and supporting ideas
Paragraph 2
Paragraph 3
Paragraph 4
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Opposing argument and your refutation
Opposing argument and your refutation
Your strongest supporting argument
Paragraph 5
Conclusion includes restatement of thesis
and supporting ideas. Make a prediction, a
recommendation, or a summary.
Step 7
u  Follow
your outline and write the
essay.
u  Be sure to edit your writing for
grammar, spelling, and word choice
errors.
u  Good Luck!