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I need help with an argumentative essay I dont know how to do as many as 5 pages of a...

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wendalizc | Student, College Freshman | eNotes Newbie

Posted November 22, 2009 at 11:34 AM via web

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I need help with an argumentative essay I dont know how to do as many as 5 pages of a subject other than just write junk.

I need help with an argumentative essay I dont know how to do as many as 5 pages of a subject other than just write junk.

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readerofbooks | College Teacher | (Level 2) Educator Emeritus

Posted November 22, 2009 at 11:41 AM (Answer #2)

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For an argumentative essay, there are several steps to consider. Let me get you started. Here are a few points.

1. Think of an argument that you want to prove. It can be anything that is debatable. If you can't think of something that you want to write about, then take an article from your class and agree or disagree with it. This is a good way to start.

2. After you find an argument, for the next few pages, you want to write why you agree or disagree. The better your reasons are, the better you essay will be.

3. Now consider all possible counter-arguments and counter them. This shows that you are thoughtful.

4. Finally, conclude your essay and summarize your argument.

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hdking950 | High School Teacher | eNotes Newbie

Posted November 22, 2009 at 11:51 AM (Answer #3)

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Start by deciding what your opinion of the subject actually is.  Then, brainstorm some reasons why you have that opinion.  If you are writing an argumentative essay about a novel, then ask yourself how that novel makes you feel.  Did you hate it?  Did you love it?  Write out why - there is no wrong answer.  From that start, you can develop your thesis.  Remember, an argumentative thesis simply needs to a position on which someone else can take the opposite side.  Don't worry too much about your thesis in the beginning, it will evolve and you write your paper.  Start simple and make an argument.

Next, use quotes - not necessarily long quotes, but quotes that have caught your eye as you read.  Find quotes from the novel or critical article and put them on paper and cite them.   Then, explain why they are important to you and how they connect with your argument.  Don't just summarize what happened, but explain why that quote or idea jumped out at you.  Once you develop these bits of evidence, start connecting them to each other and then back to your thesis.  You will be amazed at how much you will write by starting simple, using plenty of evidence from the text and then explaining why it all matters to your argument.

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Ashley Kannan | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted November 22, 2009 at 1:28 PM (Answer #4)

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It sounds like you are perceptive enough to understand that there is a difference between writing and "good writing."  That is large step and a reflection of a writer's maturity.  It also sounds like to me that you have a topic selected.  Once this has happened, I would suggest that you make sure you have a topic that can be argued one way or the other.  This becomes the key of the argumentative essay, if there is something to be argued.  Once you have developed this, I think you will need to engage in the research phase.  This will include checking on validity of information and whether or not the argumentation has been supported with evidence and analysis.  In the final analysis, I think you will need to ensure that your conclusion reflects a judgment or some type of summative analysis about the topic, in question.

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dlj21260 | College Teacher | (Level 1) Adjunct Educator

Posted November 23, 2009 at 12:05 AM (Answer #5)

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When choosing your topic you want to pick a topic that you are passionate about. You may want to even pick 3 or 4 topics and from there you will want to think of the positive and negative of each topic. Once you have done this you will want to start looking for research information on each of the topics and each side of the topic you want to discuss. Let your research drive your topic. The more you research both side you will soon figure out which topic as the abundance of information you are seeking for a 5 page paper. By the time you pick your topic, and pick your topic then you can begin to write the paper.

As you continue with the paper you will find that you have used your five pages and possibly gone over that limit and need to tone down your conversation to end the paper. I have always found for myself the hardest thing about writing a paper is to decide on a topic. Once I have the topic then it is easy to write the paper.

I can not say this enough. Decide what your passion is and what you want to talk about.

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litteacher8 | Middle School Teacher | (Level 1) Distinguished Educator

Posted August 17, 2011 at 1:28 PM (Answer #6)

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I find that the best argumentative essays are about topics you both are passionate about and knowledgeable about.  Just writing your opinion is not enough.  You need to focus on the facts that support your argument, which is your opinion backed up with facts.

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