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ARGUMENTATIVE

ESSAY
WHAT IS ARGUMENTATIVE
ESSAY?
You prove that your opinion, theory or
hypothesis about an issue is correct or
more truthful than those of others.
You are arguing for your opinion as
opposed to others, rather than directly
trying to persuade someone to adopt
your point of view.
WHAT TO DO?
1. Make a list of the pros and cons in your
plan before you start writing.
2. Choose the most important that
support your argument (the pros) and
the most important to refute (the
cons) and focus on them.
Why pros AND cons?
To anticipate your readers objections and make
yourself sound more objective and reasonable.
WHAT ARE THESE?
Thesis statement
Summarises the main point of the essay

Topic sentence
A sentence that expresses the main idea
of the paragraph
INTRODUCTION
1. Thesis statement/Statement of the
topic (Main argument)
2. Introduce the situation/question
provided.
3. Provide suitable elaboration
SUPPORTING PARAGRAPHS
(AT LEAST 2)
1. Topic sentence (Main point of the
paragraph)
2. Explain topic sentence
3. Provide example/evidence
4. Explain example/evidence
5. Concluding sentence reassert on
COUNTERARGUMENT
PARAGRAPHS
What possible argument might
your reader pose against your
argument and/or some aspect of
your reasoning?
However/On the other hand/On the
contrary
CONCLUSION
1. Remind readers of your argument and
supporting evidence.
2. Summarise on your overall argument
by including pros/advantages of your
argument.
3. So what? Tell readers why they
should agree with you.
(Do not make it the same as Introduction)
Captain America has
always been about
protecting the people,
I believe that even if that means going
Captain against the American
America is government.
better than Captain is
As an example,
Iron Man a kind- [state a scene
hearted from the movie]
person

With his kindness, Captain Elaboration of the


America has managed to scene
win the hearts of the
people as he is willing to
sacrifice himself to save
his friend of the people in
general.
QUESTION
- Social networking is a form of
communication. How far do you
agree?
- A good education ensures success
in life. Do you agree?
- Boys should learn how to cook. Do
you agree?
QUESTION
Your school has many extracurricular
activity - clubs and societies. Now,
there are some severe budget cuts
where all programmes must be cut,
except one.
Write an argument on which program
should be kept.