You will write an
argumentative essay without secondary sources of
information. You must rely on your own experience and knowledge to
support a claim or assertion. Review the lecture notes, the powerpoint on
Argumentative Essay Writing, and the notes on organization of the argumentative
essay. This information will provide you with the basic elements of writing an
argumentative essay. Refer to the Style
Rules/Guidelines attached for more details on submitting your paper.
Review the information on writing a thesis statement. Your thesis statement should have three identifiable
parts: a topic, a claim and three points of support.
Your essay should include a minimum of seven (7) paragraphs.
Introduction—introduces your
topic/issue and state your claim/assertion about the issue (thesis)
Background and
Preliminary Information—provides information to inform the audience about the
Supporting Evidence
for Ethos/Ethical Appeal—establishes your credibility about the issue. In other
words, show why the audience should believe what you are proposing in your
assertion. What is your experience or
knowledge on this issue?
Supporting Evidence
for Logos/Logical Appeal—explain what universal facts exist about your
issue/topic. For example, explain how your issue/topic relate to money (almost
everything does), health, or current laws.
Supporting Evidence
for Pathos/Emotional Appeal—connect to audience-based beliefs or values. For
instance, provide information that would appeal to the audience’s emotions.
Opposing Argument and
summarize the most significant counter-argument about the issue by using
transitions such as “Although some supporters believe that….”. The refutation
part of your paragraph actually shows why the opponents are incorrect. Be sure
to include the refutation-in other words, show why the opposing views are
incorrect, incomplete, or inadequate.
Conclusion—remind the audience
of your claim/assertion you stated in the introduction. You may briefly restate
your main points here.

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