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Can anybody help me on how to write an argumentative essay?

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jessieh16 | Student, Grade 10 | Honors

Posted May 20, 2013 at 12:56 PM via web

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Can anybody help me on how to write an argumentative essay?

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Michelle Ossa | College Teacher | (Level 3) Educator Emeritus

Posted May 20, 2013 at 2:22 PM (Answer #1)

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Of course we can! Here on Enotes the essay lab will help you to get ideas mostly on how to research your topic, as well as what to consider when it comes to arguing a specific point. Anything is arguable, so your topic statement and your main point surely will be easy to find. A link to the Argumentative Essay lab is provided below with your answer.

Now, as far as format goes, this is what you may want to follow:

I. Thesis statement: this is where you post your main thought. For example: Video games should be included as part of everyday dynamics for cognitive benefit


Now, this will turn into a paragraph where you will state three (or two) main reasons why your point of view, in your opinion, is valid.

Example: (Sentence 2) Research shows that video games improve the cognitive speed of students ages 12-15. (Sentence 3) Evidence suggests that it helps improve the short memory capacity of ADHD students. Sentence 4: It is also beneficial for elderly people because it helps them use neurons for a diversity of activities.(Conclusion sentence 5) Therefore, it is undeniable that video games are a benefit for our brains and not just mere entertainment.

II/ III These three reasons are your rationale and each has to be supported in a paragraph, one after another. This part of the essay is called the background info and the main arguments. Therefore, your SECOND, THIRD, AND FOURTH paragraphs will back up with evidence the three reasons why video games are good.

  • Paragraph 2, sentence 1: Research shows that video games improve the cognitive speed of students ages 12-15- use your evidence to support this statement. Use a transition sentence to start with your second reason.
  • Paragraph 3, sentence 1: Evidence suggests that it helps improve the short memory capacity of ADHD students- back up with evidence. 
  • Paragraph 4: sentence 1:Video games are also beneficial for elderly people because it helps them use neurons for a diversity of activities-support with evidence.

IV- Counter argument- Here is all about conceding. Talk about what others might say against your statement and offer your own rebuttal. For example: Although there are arguments against the use of video games, thEly are mostly based on hearsay regarding the over-saturation of outside stimuli. - back this up with extra evidence to close up any potential rebuttal.

V- Solution- here you offer different ways to implement gaming in everyday dynamics as you suggested in paragraph 1.

VI: Conclusion: Here you take all of your arguments in summary, and re-state that your opinion has been proven beyond reasonable doubt- sort of like with trials.

Hope this helps!

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