Read full document

Klhj

By | August 2012
Page 1 of 4
Discursive Essay Plan

Paragraph 1 – Introduction
Your first paragraph should:
• be a general introduction. Don’t include specific points from the main body of the argument • include a response to the title. You may need to identify the issues that lie behind the title, to give historical or topical background • be interesting and relevant

Paragraph 2 – Background
Provide some of the history of the topic you are writing about.

Paragraph 3 – Your argument (at least 6/7 reasons, thus 6/7 paragraphs) These paragraphs must:
• contain one major point of the argument, stating your reason for agreeing/disagreeing with question posed. • begin with or have near its start a topic (or “signpost”) sentence (a sentence which indicates what the paragraph will be about and how it relates to the essay title). This is NOT a sub-heading! Your writing should be formal continuous prose. • be linked to the paragraph that comes before, often with a suitable conjunction or link words such as in addition, nevertheless, despite this, however. Don’t put also or for example at the start of a sentence. • contain generalised evidence of your research (e.g. statistics/expert opinion).

2nd Last Paragraph – Counter argument (1 paragraph)
• Open with “Contrary to this…” “In contrast there are those who...” “On the other hand…” • List the opposing side’s reasons but do not change your opinion. Use phrases like: some people claim… There are those who say…

Conclusion

A good conclusion WILL:
• be crisp and conclusive in feel, the goal of the whole essay

A good conclusion MAY:

• return to something mentioned in the first paragraph
• evaluate what has gone before
• hint at something you might have followed up had the scope of the question allowed it • Give your opinion. A discursive essay should feel as if you have weighed up the arguments and come to a conclusion at the end.

A poor conclusion will...
Hide

Rate this document

What do you think about the quality of this document?

Share this document

Let your classmates know about this document and more at Studymode.com