How to write an argumentative essay: Sample notes by Idea Rover software


0000 Argumentative Essay


0100 Introduction section

0101 Thesis statement


0200 Evidential section

0201 First paragraph

0202 Second paragraph

0203 Third paragraph


0300 Conclusion section

0301 Solution

0302 Significance

"Write your topic at the top of your page, separate your essay into introduction, body, and conclusion."1

"If it sounds straightforward, that is because it is; in fact, the method consists of a) an introductory paragraph (b) three evidentiary body paragraphs that may include discussion of opposing views and (c) a conclusion."2

"The first paragraph will need to contain the introduction, the next three paragraphs should represent the body of the text, and the final paragraph is supposed to be the conclusion."3

"There are four basic sections of any argumentative essay you should follow: Introduction paragraph Body with 2-3 strong arguments Refusing opposing arguments in one paragraph Conclusion Of course, you must focus on supporting your thesis statement rather than the opponents."4

"Argumentative essays can be organized in many different ways, but one common format for persuasive writing is the five paragraph essay, which includes an introduction, three body paragraphs, and a conclusion."5

"Put your thesis statement in your first paragraph then make sure you refer to it several times within the essay then restate it in your conclusion."6

"Here you're anticipating your answer to the "why" question that you'll eventually flesh out in your conclusion."7

"Once you know what your essay is about, then write the introduction and conclusion."8

"Your essay writing can be dramatically improved overnight simply by using the correct essay structure."9

"Structure your essay in the most effective way to communicate your ideas and answer the question."10

"This structure serves as a foundation for your paper."11

"A classic piece of advice is to 'tell them what you are going to tell them, then tell them, and tell them what you told them' – this, in essence, summarises the core introduction, main body, and conclusion structure of your essay."12

"An outline should enable you to structure your main points in the best possible order for your argument."13

"You should start a new paragraph for each major new idea within your essay, to clearly show the examiner the structure of your argument."14

"Successfully structuring an essay means attending to a reader's logic."15

"Structuring your essay according to a reader's logic means examining your thesis and anticipating what a reader needs to know, and in what sequence, in order to grasp and be convinced by your argument as it unfolds."16

"So you are writing an essay that clearly separates its ideas into structured sections."17

"Writing effective persuasive sentences is a more subtle writing skill that involves tone, language choice, and sentence structure."18

"Without logical progression of thought, the reader is unable to follow the essay's argument, and the structure will collapse."19

"Having a clear and logical structure will help ensure that your essay stays focused, and doesn't stray from the question being answered."20

"Walk-through essays follow the structure of their sources rather than establishing their own."21

"Although they don't always signal trouble, these paragraph openers often indicate that an essay's thesis and structure need work: they suggest that the essay simply reproduces the chronology of the source text in the case of time words: first this happens, then that, and afterwards another thing."22

"There are many acronyms to help you remember paragraph structure like PEL) [Point, Evidence, Explanation (Link)] or TEA(L) [Topic, Evidence, Analysis (Link)] or WEED [What is it about?"23

"Remember that even when taking an exam, the key rules of essay writing still apply: plan your essay, structure (it introduction, body, conclusion), and answer the question."24

"Paragraphs with this supporting structure should be written over and over until all the writers' points for arguments are finished."25

"It is possible to use easy to comprehend language, and apply sophisticated sentence structures at the same time, which makes you sound intelligent."26

"In this structure the similarities and/or differences between two or more items, for example, theories or models, are discussed paragraph by paragraph."27

"In an analytical structure you are required to break the topic into its different components and discuss these in separate paragraphs or sections, demonstrating balance where possible."28

"Here are some things to remember: Revise for clarity, consistency, and structure."29

"Firstly, secondly, thirdly... If youв're struggling to structure an argument without your essay becoming repetitive, this is an extremely effective method of presenting the facts clearly."30

"Every well-structured essay ends with a conclusion."31

"Employ a variety of sentence structures, long and short, but don't let your sentences become too long and rambling, or they become difficult to read."32

"You may not consciously realise it when you're reading, but sophisticated sentence structures make the world of difference to how intelligent you sound."33

"After you have done your research, and have an idea of your main arguments, it is often worth writing a very simple draft conclusion before you write the main body of your essay."34

"The introduction should cover two main themes: Any background information the reader will need to make sense of your essay A road-map of how you are going to answer the question, with your main points and basic conclusion included."35

"It should be clear from the arguments of your main body what your conclusion is going to be."36

"Make sure you complete your essays with the conclusion, leave no hanging threads."37

"It may be useful again to refer back to the title in the conclusion to make it very clear to the examiner that you have thoroughly answered the question at hand."38

"Finally, the conclusion includes a restatement of the position and a brief summary of the reasons and counters."39

"The conclusion should sum up your essay and it should be long enough to cover all the important points."40

"The conclusion. This is the final part of your essay so it might be more important than you think since it represents the last impression of the reader."41

"Here an example of an essay conclusion: Overall, whilst it is certainly true that the characters, plots and settings of Gothic fiction seem firmly intended to break normal moral and social codes, the great incidence within the genre of the depiction of the supernatural, and in particular its insistent reference to social injustice and hypocrisy might suggest that in fact its main purpose was the criticism and reform of society."42

"Your conclusion should consist of three to five strong sentences."43

"You can also use transitions such as 'in conclusion', or 'to sum up', and then continue by restating your original argument from the introduction."44

"They must all be weighed against each other, highlighting the relative strengths and weaknesses of each theory and, importantly, you must come to a well-justified and confident conclusion."45

"Conclusion: Wrap up your main points, without introducing anything new."46

"Do not introduce any new information into the conclusion; rather, synthesize the information presented in the body of the essay."47

"It is important not to introduce any new ideas in the conclusion – it is simply a reminder of what your essay has already covered, and therefore no need for citations in your conclusion. "48

"There should be no new evidence"49

"Remember though, that it is not written in blood yet and you can adjust the conclusion as necessary if your argument develops as you plan your essay (or change it completely if you uncover convincing contradictory information in the course of any further reading that you do)."50

"The conclusion brings closure of the topic and sums up your overall ideas while providing a final perspective on your topic."51

"In the conclusion, take a position, make a prediction, or propose some future actions (an experiment, an implication, a new question to be addressed, etc.)"52

"The conclusion should also give the way forward concerning the information that has been presented in the essay."53

"Sometimes a conclusion will just mirror the introductory paragraph but make sure the words and syntax are different."54

"Sometimes, conclusions attempt to connect the essay to broader issues or areas of further study."55


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