Universidad Externado English workshop: The Argumentative Essay

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Externado University Figri English Area Online workshop: The Argumentative Essay www.uexternado.edu.co/englishlink

What is an argumentative essay?:

What is an argumentative essay? There are two sides to every coin. There are two sides to every story.

Zoos::

Zoos: for: against: Vs.

Argumentative essay:

Argumentative essay One point of view vs. another. Opinion essay This is what I think, and this is why. ≠

The Writing Process:

The Writing Process 1. Focus on the question/title a. What do you have to do? Give your opinion? Compare and contrast? b. Underline key words in the title. Write down synonyms and words related to the key words.

“Zoos should be banned.’’ Discuss why people agree or disagree with this statement and give your opinion.:

“Zoos should be banned.’’ Discuss why people agree or disagree with this statement and give your opinion. zoos: animals cages habitat environment should: necessary must banned: prohibit illegal stop discuss (vs): advantages disadvantages benefits drawbacks

The Writing Process:

The Writing Process 1. Focus on the question/title a. What do you have to do? Give your opinion? Compare and contrast? b. Underline key words in the title. Write down synonyms and words related to the key words. 2. Plan a. Brainstorm your ideas. b. Arrange ideas into paragraphs (pros and cons, for example). c. Think of conjunctions that may help to link your ideas.

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‘ ’Zoos should be banned.’’ Discuss why people agree or disagree with this statement and give your opinion. Zoos should be banned: artificial environments humans think they can control animals Zoos are a good idea: conservation education Brainstorm your ideas:

The Writing Process:

The Writing Process 1. Focus on the question/title a. What do you have to do? Give your opinion? Compare and contrast? b. Underline key words in the title. Write down synonyms and words related to the key words. 2. Plan a. Brainstorm your ideas. b. Arrange ideas into paragraphs (pros and cons, for example). c. Think of conjunctions that may help to link your ideas.

b. Arrange ideas into paragraphs (pros and cons, for example):

b. Arrange ideas into paragraphs (pros and cons, for example) Introduction: Give context; why are zoos important? why is this an important issue? Thesis statement: In this essay, I will describe why some people think that zoos are a good idea, and why some think that they should be prohibited. Body paragraph 1 (reasons against banning zoos): Topic sentence: Zoos are important in different ways . Supporting ideas: - zoos help to conserve endangered species - zoos are important for education “Zoos should be banned.’’ Discuss why people agree or disagree with this statement and give your opinion.

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b. Arrange ideas into paragraphs (pros and cons, for example) “Zoos should be banned.’’ Discuss why people agree or disagree with this statement and give your opinion. Body paragraph 2 (reasons for banning zoos): Topic sentence: However, some people believe that zoos are a bad idea. Supporting ideas: - not in their natural habitats - humans think they are the masters of animals Conclusion: Bring together the ideas from the essay body, and use them to give your opinion. Weighing up both points of view, I believe …

The Writing Process:

The Writing Process 1. Focus on the question/title a. What do you have to do? Give your opinion? Compare and contrast? b. Underline key words in the title. Write down synonyms and words related to the key words. 2. Plan a. Brainstorm your ideas. b. Arrange ideas into paragraphs (pros and cons, for example). c. Think of conjunctions that may help to link your ideas. 3. Draft a. Draft a topic sentence for each paragraph, including a thesis statement for the introductory (1st) paragraph. b. Fill in the rest of the paragraphs with supporting sentences. c. Draft a conclusion.

Argumentative essay:

for: against: Vs. Argumentative essay

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Externado University Figri English Area Online workshop: The Argumentative Essay www.uexternado.edu.co/englishlink

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Externado University Figri English Area Online workshop: The Argumentative Essay www.uexternado.edu.co/englishlink Presented by Phil Stoneman Thanks to Robin Davies

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