Argumentative Essay Format

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Title: ARGUMENTATIVE ESSAY FORMAT Intro: PURPOSE: To set up and state one’s claim OPTIONAL ELEMENTS Make your introductory paragraph interesting. How can you draw your readers in? What background information, if any, do we need to know in order to understand your claim? If you don’t follow this paragraph with a background information paragraph, please insert that info here. REQUIRED ELEMENTS  If you’re arguing about a literary work—state author + title  If you’re arguing about an issue or theory – provide brief explanation or your of issue/theory.  If you’re arguing about a film—state director, year + title  STATE your claim at the end of your introductory paragraph BACKGROUND PARAGRAPH o 1-2 paragraphs tops;…show more content…
By the end of your essay, you should have worked through your ideas enough so that your reader understands what you have argued and is ready to hear the larger point (i.e. the "so what") you want to make about your topic. o Your conclusion should serve as the climax of your paper. So, save your strongest analytical points for the end of your essay, and use them to drive your conclusion o Vivid, concrete language is as important in a conclusion as it is elsewhere--perhaps more essential, since the conclusion determines the reader's final impression of your essay. Do not leave them with the impression that your argument was vague or unsure. o WARNING: It's fine to introduce new information or quotations in your conclusions, as long as the new points grow from your argument. New points might be more general, answering the "so what" question; they might be quite specific. Just avoid making new claims that need lots of additional support. OUTLINE WORKSHOP INTRODUCTION BACKGROUND SUPPORTING EVIDENCE #1 SUPPORTING EVIDENCE #2 SUPPORTING EVIDENCE #3 COUNTERARGUMENT SUM UP CONCLUSION  Sum up claim + supporting evidence statements SO WHAT

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