by Cara Gratton
This site is designed to help students understand the structure of the argumentative essay, so they can write using this style more easily. It shows the purpose and organization of the argumentative essay. Sample readings with questions as well as a list of writing topics are included.
What is an argumentative essay?
Charles Darling's website "Guide to Grammar and Writing", explains what an argumentative essay is. It links to several other pages within the same site, so you can learn more about other aspects of writing such as citing authorities and using statistics.
When do you use this style of writing?
The Paradigm Online Writing Assistant website explains when the argumentative style of writing is used. It links to other pages within the same site to explain the different types of arguments that can be used, , reason, ethics, and emotion.
How is it organized?
The OWL Online Writing Lab website shows how an argumentative essay is organized. It outlines each paragraph of a standard five-paragraph essay. The WriteFix.com website also outlines how to write an argumentative essay.
Sample Essays with Questions
Write an Essay
Go to the Glendale Community College English Department website and choose a topic from the list of topics on the right-hand-side of the page. Click on a topic that interests you and visit a site where you are given a thesis statement and references that you can use when you write your own essay. Write an argumentative essay, 300-400 words in length.
Updated August 22 2016 by Student & Academic Services
Sorting arguments into topics and paragraphs
Below are the beginning sections of three paragraphs on the issue, Should marine mammals be kept in captivity in marine parks? Because they are the beginnings of the paragraphs they each present and problematise opposing arguments on the issue. Describe the topic of each paragraph in four words or less and write the description in the margin next to each paragraph. (You will need to print the page out - the blank lines are there for you to write on in Task 3 below).
Before you complete this task you might want to look back at the work on describing paragraph topics that you completed earlier in this unit.
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Below is a list of arguments that support the writer's main premise. Later (in Task 3) you will add them to the essay above. However, first they need to be sorted into the different topics that are covered by each paragraph so that you know which paragraph they can be added to.
The following abbreviations represent the different topics you identified in Task 1: Sort the following supporting arguments into the three topics by writing the correct abreviation in the boxes:
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Now the supporting arguments are sorted into the same topics as the pargraphs in the text in Task 1. You are ready to add them to the text. Add them to the text now. (If you haven't yet printed out this page do so now).
You will need to pay careful attention to the connectives in each of the supporting statements to complete this task correctly. You might want to look back at the pages that you studied earlier in this unit on:
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