My appreciation for writing is why I am now a college English instructor. I teach Composition 101 and use the five-paragraph essay format because I want my students to understand structure and organization first. I don’t explain Aristotle’s approach until the second half of the semester, when my students have a solid grasp of essay structure and can apply Aristotle’s argumentative approach intelligently. However, I still limit their writing to five paragraphs because the question I always get asked by students is: how many paragraphs or how long does this paper have to be? Sadly, the majority of my students don’t want to go above and beyond what is expected and would rather do the bare minimum. At the same time, I don't want them to ramble on and on and would prefer their papers to be succinct and to the point.
Although the five-paragraph structure can be considered rudimentary, I don’t believe it’s entirely unengaging and useless. A creative writer can always find ways to make his or her writing more appealing and can still apply all the qualities of a good argumentative paper with this restriction. I’m always up for a challenge and change, so I’ll consider teaching the modern writing style this summer to vary my instruction. I’ll gladly inform you if your theory proves me wrong. :)
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An argumentative essay include unsubstantiated opinions. Writing “I think sugary drinks should be regulated because they are unhealthy” is not a valid argument…unless you support it with evidence.
How to begin with argument essay topics?
The final element of a strong argumentative essay is refuting alternate positions. By addressing opposing positions, you make your argument stronger. It’s best to try to address the most common opposing beliefs.
And that, my friends, is the mark of a successful argument!
A well-constructed thesis serves as a lighthouse for your readers, offering them a guiding light in the stormy sea of claims and evidence that make up your argumentative essay.
…address the opposing side’s argument and refute their claims
This blog post will dissect the components of a good thesis statement and will give you 10 thesis statement examples that you can use to inspire your next argumentative essay.