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Resources to assist the argumentative writer

Reason to Argue

Good or Bad Argument?

Reasons to Embrace Arguments

Step by Step Guide to the Research Process

Use this research guide to assist you throughout the entire research process.

Definition and Purpose

Argumentative writing is a type of writing that requires a writer to defend a claim on a topic using fact based evidence from personal experience, literature, historical examples, and research to support his or her viewpoint. The writer usually uses several different reasons to prove his or her claim.

Through the use of this LibGuide, you will learn how to create a solid argument.

The tabs are organized to best serve you in the writing process:                

1.  Task Definition

2.  Topic Selection                                                            

3.  Gather and Evaluate Information

4.  Organize Information

5.  Introducing Your Claim

6.  Providing Reasons and Evidence

7.  Refuting the Counterclaim

8.  Concluding the Argument

9.  Revise and Publish

10.  Evaluation


Evaluate the Clip

Is the clip to the left, an example of a good argument or a bad argument?
Good - because the reasons given have evidence: 22 votes (17.89%)
Bad - because the reasons given do not provide evidence: 76 votes (61.79%)
Good - because the opinions are strong: 13 votes (10.57%)
Bad - because the opinions are weak: 12 votes (9.76%)
Total Votes: 123

The Essence of Arguing - Getting the Point Across

â–ºYelling louder does NOT mean you are the winner!

Use the attached link to help Calvin win the appointed debate topic with logic, not volume.http://www.funenglishgames.com/writinggames/debate.html


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Use in the Real World

Explore your local newspaper for examples of argumentative writing in the real world.

Rate Yourself

Rate your current arguing skills.
Superior - I always win with the evidence I provide: 10 votes (21.74%)
Good - I know how defend my thinking: 23 votes (50%)
Fair - I win some, but I often get stuck arguing against points: 8 votes (17.39%)
Poor - I have no idea how to support my argument (I get tongue-tied): 5 votes (10.87%)
Total Votes: 46