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Eight Question Argument Worksheet

Expository Text
1. What is the issue/topic? What problem is being solved here? (State the problem as
a question about the topic that the author is seeking to answer.)

2. What is the authors proposed solution to the problem, the answer to the question?

3. What is the most important information that supports the authors conclusion?
(Identify the facts, experiences, data the author is using.)

4. Who is the intended audience for this text? (State where, when, why, and for whom
was the text first published.)

5. What was/is the authors purpose for writing this text? (State as accurately as
possible the authors purpose for writing the text.)

6. As a result of having read this article, how does the author want the readers to think
differently (conceptual change) or act differently (pragmatic change) or both?
7. Why does the author think this issue is important? Why should I/you/we care about
this issue/problem?

8. If the authors proposal/solution were to be accepted and implemented by society,


what would the consequences be? Who would gain? Who would be disadvantaged?