Lets Take some notes What is an argument?

Lets Take some notes  What is an argument?

Lets Take some notes What is an argument? Taking a well-thought-out position on a debatable topic. In an argument, you attempt to convince people of the strength of your ideas by presenting evidence. You also address opposing ideas in order to refute them and make your argument stronger. Writing claim/thesis statements What is it? A clear topic sentence that states your position on the topic. Use words like should, should not, or ought to in order to make your position clear to your reader. The city should not build a new sports stadium.

Lets take some notes Supporting your claim: Present points that support your claim. For example, if your purpose is to argue for placing warning labels on unhealthy snack foods, you should give several reasons why this would be a good idea. Presenting evidence: Support each of your points with specific evidence. Two kinds: facts (information that can be verified, ex. Statistics, observations, statements accepted as true) and examples (a specific, relevant illustration of a general statement). Address opposing arguments: Try to imagine what your opponents arguments might be and how they might be

inaccurate or weak. Writing summary statements: Reinforces the main idea of your paragraph/argument. Summarize the position you took in your topic sentence. Pros and Cons On the handout provided, come up with as many pros and cons of living in the society portrayed in Harrison Bergeron. Your boxes should be FULL.

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