Steps in planning an argumentative essay

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Steps in planning an Argumentative Essay

1) Query keywords in question
2 Identify key issues
3) Uncover Assumptions
4) brainstorm both sides
5) broaden and deepen (Scope and depth)
6) take a stand
7) Identify 2 strongest arguments on opposing sides, problematise and answer 8) Thesis statement

Organisation when writing the essay
II) introduction

1) grabber
2) transition
3) thesis Statement

II) Body
1) Topic Sentence
2) Elaboration

III) Conclusion
1) Final thought
2) Recommendations
3) Imaginary scenario
4) Thought provoking question

Argumentative Essay titles
1) 'Children today are too pampered." Do you agree?
2) "Obtaining a degree is a good measure of one's success in life." What are your views? 3) "Teenagers should be given freedom at choice." What are your views 4)" Single Sex schools are better than co-ed schools." Do you agree?

Example

2) "Obtaining a degree is a good measure of one's success in life" What are your views?

Step 1
Definitions:

Obtaining- accquiring
Good -Accurate
measure - yardstick, criterion
Success- Attainment of goals

material well being, happiness, love in family, spiritual englightenment, fame, outstanding achievements, altrustic achievements

Step 2

Key Issues
Life's goals
Education

Step 3
Assumptions
Qualifications would open many doors, options
Education, you are more knowledgable to seize, get hold of opportunites Social Status, recognition

Step 4, Step 5
Agree : Qualification - good career - money
knowledge training KBE - fame, breakthrough - furfilling/ satisfying Social Status - respected

Disagree: Different goals of life ( Homemaker - happiness, love) Different talents, not only academic ( Tiger woods in sports, actors/actresses in arts) ( different routes to fame and material well-being ) Even in KBE, people can succeed without a degree ( Steve Jobs, Sim Wong Hoo, Elim Chew ( Creative Entrepreneurial)

Step 6
Stand: Obtaining a degree is not a good measure of one's success in life. Step 7:
2 strongest arguments on opposing sides : Qualification KBE ( knowledge-based Economy)

Step 8: Thesis
Obtaining a degree is not a good measure of one's success in life because life goals are unique to each person and many other types of talents, other than academic excellence are recognised in society/

A strong & logical argument is the means of achieving a good result. It does not matter what the examiner’s views are as long as the candidate is able to impress him with strong arguments supported by mature English.

Part 1: WRITING AN INTRODUCTION
What you should do:-
a) Begin with a plan
b) create a good impression with your opening paragraph by:- • stating the particular aspects of the topic you plan to discuss • defining/clarifying ant important terms in the title
• therefore, you have to identify the focus (or narrow it down if the question is very general) and guide the reader c) captivate the reader’s interest by:-
• making a strong statement about the topic
• giving an example from one’s own experience
• presenting a hypothetical/imagined situation
• appealing to reader’s past experience
• making an appropriate analogy
d) the technique chosen depends on the type of question you’re attempting e) be succinct but yet relevant in your writing
f) feel free to use more than one of these techniques

What you should not do:-
a) Misinterpret one/more words of the question
b) suggest that you do not possess the knowledge to provide an adequate answer to the question c) spend too much time over it
d) waste unnecessary words and space on it
e) wander off the point/go off tangent
f) evade answering the question asked
g) make language errors

Part 2: WRITING THE DEVELOPMENT
What you should do:-
a) It is essential to write in clear paragraphs
b) restrict yourself to ONE distinct idea:-
 present the main idea in a clearly identifiable topic sentence  this can occur at the beginning of the...
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