Writing an Argumentative Essay Packet Due by Friday, Feb. 15th, 2013 Planning Stage
* For an argument essay to be effective, it must contain certain elements. For this reason, you must take a few minutes to plan and prepare before you jump into writing an argument essay. * To find good topic for an argument essay you should consider several issues that will have two conflicting points of view or very different conclusions. As you look over a list of topics you should find one that really sparks your interest. * While a strong interest in a topic is important, it's not enough to be interested. You have to consider what position you can back up with reasoning and evidence. It's one thing to have a strong belief, but when shaping an argument you'll have to explain why your belief is reasonable and logical. * As you explore the topics, make a mental list of points you could use as evidence for or against an issue. Your topic goes here:
Is global climate man made?
Consider Both Sides of Your Topic and Take a Position
Once you have selected a topic you feel strongly about, you should make a list of points for both sides of the argument and pick a side. One of your first objectives in your essay will be to present both sides of your issue with an assessment of each. Of course, you will conclude that one side (your side) is the best conclusion. In the planning stage you will need to consider strong arguments for the "other" side. Then you'll shoot them down! Man made: * Burning coal, oil and natural gas releases carbon dioxide gas into the atmosphere. Other human actives, such as cutting down forests, and growing rice, and raising cattle. * Forest fire caused by camp fires. * Our boats are putting pollution in the water, which is getting in the air. * Burning fossil fuels * Carbon dioxide from fossil fuels.
| Not Man made: * If climate changes heating, cooling, and water use and sea level will be effected. A large or fast change in...
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