It introduces the topic to be discussed and presents the thesis statement. I instruct students to limit themselves to approximately sentences. The brevity of the opening paragraph is one of its strengths and should not be compromised by extraneous information. This paragraph consists of three parts.
The first is the opening sentence itself. This should typically consist of a simple statement of fact, especially for students who are just learning to write an essay for the first time.
The second part of the opening paragraph offers transitional background information and justification for why the topic is relevant. Well-done transitional sentences pave the way for the final part of the opening, which is the one-sentence thesis itself, or the position the essay takes. I always remind students that the thesis should be something debatable much like an opinion.
The classical argument is made up of five components, which are most commonly be fairly short: perhaps sentences at most for most academic essays. fifth century B.C., the classical argument has stood as a model for writers who believe readers, and announces the general theme or thesis of the argument.
In other words, it is not simply a fact. This part of the essay establishes context for the argument.
First, it tells the story, so to speak, behind the essay. That story might be the history of a war or the facts of a case or some other relevant background. Next, it addresses the reality that there are opposing views about the subject matter. It should state what those views are without actually getting into the arguments for either position. That will come later. Grade Levels. Lectures , PowerPoint Presentations , Multimedia.
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Product Description. Need to teach your students how to write an argument? This detailed powerpoint presentation walks students from the origins of rhetoric through to the nitty-gitty practicalities of how to write an argumentative essay.
Topics covered in this presentation: -Origins of Rhetoric -5 sections of a Classical Argument can be interpreted or taught as the 5 paragraphs for an argumentative essay - Picking an Argumentative Topic -Crafting a Thesis statement - Qualifying a claim -Drafting a Thesis Statement -A 7-slide section adapted from Gerald Graff's "How to Write an Argument" Relevant examples are used; pictures, video are incorporated.
Avoid overly aggressive, angry language. This argument is written for an academic audience, which tends to be impressed by supported facts, strong organization, and intelligent reasoning--not derision or name-calling.
A derisive stance tends to hurts your credibility. The opposition: You should summarize the opposing viewpoints within body paragraphs, then you can respond to those views by either refuting or conceding.
Refute weak points and concede strengths of the argument. Quotations : You should use direct quotations and provide explanations.
Aim to have pieces of quoted material per main point. Do not forget to explain why these are important to your argument.