|Symmetry by Grace Haley|
Steps to an argumentative essay based on your initial research of a controversial issue
1. For 15-20 minutes read through the Opposing Viewpoints database, read an article, and highlight the most important pieces of evidence. Paste that into your Google Doc that you started on Friday, add the parenthetical reference, and copy the citation at the bottom of the article.
2. For the next 15-20 minutes read through the articles found in the EBSCO database, read an article, and highlight the most important pieces of evidence. Paste that into your Google Doc that you started on Friday, add the parenthetical reference, and copy the APA citation found at the top of the article.
3. For the next 40 minutes, write a draft of an argumentative essay keeping in mind the structure diagram that you have in your notes.
- Begin with a general statement, and then have a focused thesis in the first section
- Have at least one concession/counter-concession. Remember that good argumentation often does this more than once
- Order the evidence from weakest to strongest
- Consider concluding with EITHER the difference the evidence made to your opening paragraph OR an “echo” of the opening idea, (aka completing the “frame”)
4. Be sure to include parenthetical references as in-text citations, and a separate references section using APA style.
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