More Than Just an Argument

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“Argumentative essay assignments are useful learning tools for helping students to both understand key concepts and in helping students to think critically.” Module 3 Case Assignment
Nassal R. Braimbridge
Trident University

If you have ever attended college at some point you have had to write an argumentative essay. It is used to convey your thoughts, insights, and point of view to an audience in an attempt to persuade them. Extensive research is required to provide the facts and evidence required to support your argument and diminish your opposition's argument. Argumentative essay assignments are useful tools for helping students to both understand key concepts and in helping students to think critically. This is due to the fact that creating an argumentative essay requires a lot of thinking and analysis. When most people think of an argument, it is thought of as a being something negative but according to David H. Jonassen and Bosung Kim (2010) “Meaningful learning requires deep engagement with ideas. Deep Engagement is supported by the critical thinking skills of argumentation.’’ They also stated that “Learning to argue represents an important way of thinking that facilitates conceptual change and is essential for problem solving.” This is impart to the fact that you are using the art of persuasion, rhetoric to sell your point of view to the reader, which requires a substantial amount of facts and evidence to validate your claims and enhance the level of trust that the reader has for both you and your opinion. A well written argumentative essay will present a strong claim and can appeal to the most resistant audience. This is achieved with the application of logic, reasoning and strategic analysis. In depth research coupled with a little creativity and some confidence are also necessary. In doing this you develop critical thinking skills which is defined by Michael Scriven and Richard Paul (1987) as “the intellectually disciplined...
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