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Strategies for Writing Arguments - Chapter Summary
This collection of English composition lessons offers a variety of effective argument writing strategies. Inside, you'll find engaging lessons that explain the elements of great arguments, as well as methods for developing, structuring, writing, revising and strengthening written arguments. When you're finished with the chapter, you should be able to:
- Outline proper argument structure from the premise to the conclusion
- Write great arguments
- Identify/address opposing or alternate claims to an argument
- Make an argument flow well
- Establish/maintain a formal style of writing
- Craft a strong argument conclusion
- Revise and strengthen an argument
- Produce, share and update arguments with technology
These expertly taught lessons are designed to be short and simple so you can quickly take away the most important concepts. Each lesson comes with a short quiz, and the chapter concludes with a multiple-choice exam. You'll be able to study these lessons at any time using your computer or mobile device, and our instructors are available to answer any questions you may have.
1. Argument Structure: From Premise to Conclusion
In this lesson, consider examples of an argument, as the term is understood in philosophy. You'll learn how to create appropriate premises and how this influences how likely it is for a listener to accept your conclusion.
2. How to Write a Great Argument
Many times our writing must not just be informative but it must also be persuasive. One of the best ways to be very persuasive is to use a great argument. Learn six steps you can follow to write a great argument.
3. Identifying & Addressing Alternate or Opposing Claims
When creating a solid argument, there are several points you need to address in order to make your claim as strong as it can be. In this lesson, you'll learn about identifying and addressing counterclaims to your argument.
4. How to Make Your Argument Flow Well
Have you ever written a piece and realized how stunted or choppy it sounded? This lesson addresses the common issue of ensuring a written argument has flow.
5. 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.
6. Writing Conclusions to Arguments
You have just finished writing an essay in which you have detailed the main points and support for your argument. But how do you finish your essay? This lesson outlines how to write an effective conclusion.
7. Revising & Strengthening a Written Argument
You've written an argument and now all you have to do is turn it in, right? Wrong! This lesson outlines some strategies for making a written argument stronger.
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- Types of Sentence Structure
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