Ch 18: Argumentative Writing Basics

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Argumentative Writing Basics - Chapter Summary

Discover or get reacquainted with the basics of argumentative writing by reviewing this chapter's engaging lessons. Our instructors closely examine and make it easy to understand elements of cohesion in writing, concluding statements, how to structure an argument in an essay and other related topics. By the end of this chapter, you will be able to:

  • Define and discuss the format of an argumentative essay
  • Differentiate between claims, counterclaims, reasons and evidence in an argument
  • Outline how to develop strong claims and counterclaims in writing
  • Detail how to support claims in writing with evidence and reasoning
  • Explain how to establish and maintain a formal writing style

This chapter offers the flexibility you need to study argumentative writing when and how you desire. Our study tools are available 24 hours a day and accessible via any computer or mobile device with an Internet connection. Select which lessons to study, and feel free to navigate them in your sequence of choice. Be sure to take the multiple-choice quizzes and chapter exam to confirm your knowledge of lesson concepts before the day of your test.

8 Lessons in Chapter 18: Argumentative Writing Basics
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Argumentative Essay: Definition, Format & Examples

1. Argumentative Essay: Definition, Format & Examples

Argumentative essays are kind of like superpowers: they allow you to get what you want using the superpower of persuasion. View this lesson and learn how to channel persuasion to write a good essay.

Parts of An Argument: Claims, Counterclaims, Reasons, and Evidence

2. Parts of An Argument: Claims, Counterclaims, Reasons, and Evidence

To effectively write an argument, you need to know the four basic parts. In this lesson, you will learn the definitions of the four basic parts and why you need them in an argument.

How to Develop Strong Claims & Counterclaims in Writing

3. How to Develop Strong Claims & Counterclaims in Writing

Argumentative writing requires you to make a claim and support it. In this lesson, you'll learn how best to do so and how counterclaims can strengthen an argument.

How to Structure an Argument in Your Essay

4. How to Structure an Argument in Your Essay

When you write a persuasive essay, it's important to think about how you'll construct your argument, from how you'll arrange your major points to how and where you'll refute opposing views. This video covers some of the basics for structuring an argument.

How to Support Your Claims in Writing With Reasoning and Evidence

5. How to Support Your Claims in Writing With Reasoning and Evidence

What makes an essay persuasive? How can you convince people that your position is the stronger side? In this lesson, we'll explore reasons and evidence and how to use them in a persuasive essay to convince others to support your side.

Elements of Cohesion in Writing

6. Elements of Cohesion in Writing

Writers use a number of techniques to make their writing cohesive. Some of the elements of cohesion include appropriate transitions, consistent point of view, and repetitive elements.

How to Establish and Maintain a Formal Writing Style

7. How to Establish and Maintain a Formal Writing Style

Writing a research paper requires a different kind of language than other kinds of writing. We call this writing in a formal style. Fortunately, the rules for writing in a formal style are quite easy. This lesson shows you how to do it.

Concluding Statements: Supporting Your Argument

8. Concluding Statements: Supporting Your Argument

Many writers spend so much time on the body of their essay that the conclusion seems overwhelming. In this lesson, we'll break down the last paragraph of a persuasive essay and look at what needs to be included.

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