Writing Argumentative Essays Tutorial: Contents

Unit 1

Introduction - please read

Debatable and non-debatable statements

Providing support for debatable statements (or premises)

Using connectives and paragraphs in a larger argumentative text

The main thesis, supporting arguments and conclusion.

Adding information to relevant arguments

Connectives for listing arguments.

Concluding connectives

In fact / Indeed

More practice on using In fact and Indeed


Unit 2

Showing you are aware of both sides of the issue - a model

Showing you are aware of both sides of the issue - examining the model

The main premise

Paragraph topics

Opposing arguments and supporting arguments

Problematising the opposing arguments

Shifting from opposing arguments to supporting arguments.

More work on showing you are aware of both sides of the issue

Language Summary: ways of showing that you are aware of the opposing opinion

Unit 3

Working out the main premise from a paragraph

Using connectives and problematising phrases in a paragraph

Putting together a paragraph for an argumentative text

Choosing your own premise and writing a paragraph

Converting an informal text into a formal text

Sorting arguments into topics and paragraphs

Unit 4

A longer model argumentative essay

Getting an overview of the model essay

Identifying the main premise, paragraph structure and paragraph topics

The internal organization of the paragraphs - revision

Including a paragraph that only presents supporting arguments

Unit 5

Writing introductions to argumentative essays

Writing conclusions to argumentative essays

Writing your own argumentative essay - 13 steps to take from start to finish

Appendix 1. Language summary: structure of paragraphs in the body of an argumentative essay

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