Ch 8: Argumentative Writing

About This Chapter

Explore the basics of textual arguments as you view the lessons in this chapter. This chapter will teach you the thought processes behind argumentative writing through engaging and fast video lessons.

Argumentative Writing - Chapter Summary

Our instructors introduce you to claims, counterclaims, reasons and evidence as you dissect the art of argument. Learn how to structure arguments in your own essay-writing and how to evaluate and analyze the effectiveness of argument in the writings of others. Apply your newly found knowledge of arguments when reading essays or articles, and decide for yourself if the reasoning is valid and sound. This chapter will introduce you to:

  • Argumentative essays
  • Parts of an argument
  • Reasoning
  • Analyzing an argument's effectiveness and validity

Sharpen your reasoning skills with the fun video lessons throughout this chapter. As always, work at your own pace and review anything you like, as often as you like. The optional quizzes and the chapter exam will show how much you have learned. And remember, if you need additional explanation or have any questions as you study, we have subject experts just waiting to help. Learning has never been so much fun!

6 Lessons in Chapter 8: Argumentative Writing
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How to Structure an Argument in Your Essay

1. 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.

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 Analyze an Argument's Effectiveness & Validity

3. How to Analyze an Argument's Effectiveness & Validity

In this lesson, we will learn how to analyze an argument. We will pay close attention to the parts of an argument and the questions we must ask about each of those parts in order to determine the argument's effectiveness and validity.

How to Analyze Two Texts with Opposing Arguments

4. How to Analyze Two Texts with Opposing Arguments

In this lesson, we'll discuss how to analyze two texts that present opposing arguments. We'll examine arguments based on varying evidence and on varying assumptions.

Evaluating Reasoning in an Essay or Article

5. Evaluating Reasoning in an Essay or Article

Being able to effectively evaluate reasoning can be helpful to you as you develop your own deductive and inductive reasoning skills and put those skills to work in persuasive essays. This lesson sheds some light on how to evaluate reasoning.

Logical Appeal: Definition & Examples

6. Logical Appeal: Definition & Examples

Learn about logical appeals and how they're used to persuade. Find out how to use logical appeals in your writing and how fallacies can undermine your logic.

Chapter Practice Exam
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Practice Final Exam
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