Argument Essay

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UNIT 1

Special Note:
The argumentative essay is a very useful test of a student’s ability to think logically.

Argue: v. 1. to persuade someone to do or not do something. 2. to give the reasons for your opinion, idea, belief, etc. Argumentative: adj. someone who is argumentative often argues or like arguing. Argument: n. a set of reasons that show that something is true or untrue, right or wrong etc.

When you have an opinion and try to convince your listener or reader to accept your opinion, you are agreeing with or disagreeing with something. For example: In an everyday situation, you may try to convince a friend to go somewhere or in a composition or speech class,
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* For that reason, the argumentative essay attempts to be highly persuasive and logical. For example, a thesis such as “My first experiences with Americans were shocking” has a central idea ‘shocking’ but it is not really strongly persuasive, and it is certainly not argumentative. * When you write an argumentative essay, assume that the reader disagrees with you. But please remember that your reader is no less intelligent than you. * So, write objectively, logically and respectfully. Try to understand your opponent’s point of view. If you do not, you are not likely to convince the reader.
AS A RESULT: • An important point to recall is that when writing to an argumentative essay, your reader may not agree with you. • Writing to persuade is, therefore, more challenging and more imposing than many other types of writing. • Your goal may be to change your readers' minds or move them to action. • Your goal may be to sell a program, defend an idea, or disprove an opponent. • In all these instances, you should consider writing to persuade as an important method for shaping your environment toward your vision of reality.

Thesis Statement in Argumentative Essays • The argumentative thesis takes a side of an issue; frequently it proposes an approach of action which is often expressed with the modal should). • In the argument concerning the

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