Read this paragraph and underline the important points about the content and structure.
In a one-sided argumentative essay, we argue for or against something. We give one side of an argument and try to make the reader agree with us. A one-sided argumentative essay has three parts, an introduction, a main body and a conclusion.
Look at the structures of these two introductions below. What does each sentence do? Write your answers in the spaces provided?
There has been a lot of disagreement about whether public housing estate residents should be allowed to keep dogs. In my opinion, if dogs are allowed to stay in public housing estates, it will cause a lot of problems. In this essay, I am going to discuss the problems and argue why public housing estate residents should not be allowed to keep dogs.
In a recent survey, 70 percent of respondents said that nobody should be allowed to own a dog on public housing estates. However, I believe that allowing dogs on public housing estates has more advantages than disadvantages.
In the main body, we state our arguments. Each paragraph should have a topic sentence stating what the paragraph is about, primary supporting sentences giving more information about the topic sentence and secondary supporting sentences giving more details about the primary supporting sentences, e.g. elaborating or giving examples.
Look at this paragraph from the main body of an essay. Identify the topic sentence, the primary supporting sentences and the secondary supporting sentences.
Firstly, dogs in public housing estates cause problems for neighbors. Some owners let their dogs run free. The dogs crawl into rubbish bins and scatter rubbish around. They also jump up at people or bark at them. This may scare young children.
Look at the structure of this conclusion. What does each sentence do? Write your answers in the spaces provided.