An argumentative essay is built
around a specific statement known as the thesis or conclusion
that is debatable within the field in which you are
studying. In other words, at the center of an argumentative
essay is a statement with which your readers may disagree.
Your essay will need to support that statement in a manner
that convinces your readers of its truth.
To begin this unit of work on
argumentative essays we will learn the difference between debatable
and non-debatable statements
Statements with which other people might or
might not agree . These are sometimes called
"arguments," "assertions," "propositions," "claims,"
eg. Solar energy is the best way of meeting California's
energy needs in the 21st century
Statements with which no-one would normally
disagree or argue. These are sometimes called "facts".
eg. Coal and oil are the main sources of energy
in the United States in the 20th century
Task 1 Which of the following statements are
debatable and which are non-debatable? If the statement is
debatable, put a tick in the box next to the word "debatable". If the statement is non-debatable,
put a tick in the box next to the word "non-debatable".
You will need to print out the page.
Computers and automation increase unemployment.
Smoking is harmful to people's health.
Plants produce oxygen that the world needs to sustain
Australia has some of the most venomous snakes in the
A good education is necessary for a successful and
Task 2 Now write a debatable and a non-debatable statement about each
of the following topics: