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Writing an argument paper

Writing an argument paper

Author: LaShanda Lawrence
  • Introduce argumentative writing, its purpose, and what must be included in this style of writing (e.g. a claim, support, a counterargument, etc.).
  • Explain how to make a claim in argumentative writing.
  • Explain how to write concluding statements for paragraphs in argumentative writing.
  • Explain how to acknowledge opposing arguments in argumentative writing.
  • Explain how to connect evidence and inferences in argumentative writing.
  • Explain appropriate patterns of organization for argumentative writing

This packet should help a learner seeking to understand how to write a paper and who is confused about how to write effective argument papers. It will explain how to make a claim, a counterclaim, a concluding statement, and how to outline argument papers. 

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The purpose of the argument paper

The parts of the argument paper - claim, support and counterarguments.

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Making a claim

Making a claim involves establishing your point through a strong thesis statement and how you will prove your main idea.

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Connecting evidence and reader's inferences

The message that is sent to reader's through your writing should be clear. Be sure to support claims with facts in order to persuade reader about the validity of your claim.


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Connecting evidence to reader's inferences

The reader will make inferences based on the evidence provided by the writer.

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Concluding your argument

Wrap up your conclusion with a readdress of your topic and thesis.

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Addressing counter-arguments

Inclusion of the counter-argument makes you a better writer.

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Structuring the argument essay

Flow chart of the argument essay

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Argument outline

Use this outline to plan your argument paper.


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