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Four Elements of an Argumentative Essay: Introduction, 3 Body Paragraphs, Evidence against counterarguments, Conclusion
1. Introductory Paragraph which contains a clear thesis statement
2. Body paragraphs with detailed evidence that explains the topic. Students should move between the paragraphs and arguments by using transitional words and phrases to improve understanding.
3. Counterarguments: address opposing views with respect but explain, with evidence, why they are not as good as your argument.
Persuasive Conclusion: Explain how your evidence supports your argument and how your thesis is justifyable.
Real Writing with Readings by
Call Number: PE 1404 .A55 2013
Provides instruction on the correct manner to compose paragraphs and essays, both in college and the real world. Offers tips on punctuation, grammar, formatting, and word use and features example narratives students can study to improve their own writing skills.
Critical Inquiry by
Call Number: PE 1431 .B67 2010
Publication Date: 2009-08-11
This informative book is a necessary companion for anyone seeking to uncover the secret of successful persuasion: to organize, construct, and communicate arguments.
A Manual for Writers of Research Papers, Theses, and Dissertations, Ninth Edition by
Call Number: LB 2369 .T8 2018
When Kate Turabian first put her famous guidelines to paper, she could hardly have imagined the world in which today's students would be conducting research. Yet while the ways in which we research and compose papers may have changed, fundamentals remain the same: writers need to have a strong research question, construct an evidence-based argument, cite their sources, and structure their work in a logical way. A Manual for Writers of Research Papers, Theses, and Dissertations -- also known as "Turabian"--Remains one of the most popular books for writers because of its timeless focus on achieving these goals. Part 1 covers every step of the research and writing process, including drafting and revising. Part 2 offers a comprehensive guide to the two methods of Chicago-style source citation: notes-bibliography and author-date. Part 3 gets into matters of editorial style and the correct way to present quotations and visual material. Through eight decades and millions of copies, A Manual for Writers has helped generations shape their ideas into compelling research papers. This new edition will continue to be the gold standard for college and graduate students in virtually all academic disciplines. - Back cover
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