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Writing Argumentative Essays - Chapter Summary
To review the essential components of strong argumentative essays, review the bite-sized lessons in this English composition study guide chapter. These lessons contain concise definitions of important essay parts as well as memorable examples that demonstrate the functions of argument formation, reasoning, and audience considerations. After completing a lesson, you can reinforce what you've studied by taking the accompanying self-assessment quiz. Our instructors are available to answer any questions you may have, and you can access these lessons at any time that's convenient.
After studying this chapter, you should be able to:
- Differentiate between argumentative essays and persuasive essays
- Identify and explain the different parts of a well-crafted argument
- Structure your essay's argument based on your audience
- Use evidence and reasoning to support your essay's claims
- Understand what you should include in your essay's conclusion
1. Argumentative Essay Paper: Definition & Examples
Find out what an argumentative essay is, and learn how to write one. Learn about the differences between the argumentative essay and the persuasive essay.
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.
3. Writing for An Audience: How to Structure Your Argument
The structure of a persuasive essay depends on the audience. In this lesson, we'll explore two common argumentative structures - classical and Rogerian - and when each of them is most effective.
4. 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.
5. 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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