For argumentative writing we have to use the topic: "If you/people do not recycle, you/they have to pay a citation." Can you help me write a starting paragraph for this, please?

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durbanville eNotes educator| Certified Educator

An argumentative essay must have a point to argue. The topic of freedom and freedom of expression - such as a right to choose whether to recycle (or not) is certainly something that can be argued.

Your starting or introductory paragraph must address the reader appropriately to set the tone for your essay. In the event that it is your peers that you are focusing on, a conversational tone would be preferred. Check what the requirements for this essay are and adopt a formal tone unless instructions allow for a conversatonal one.

Your introduction will make reference to both sides of the argument. It will then be your task - in the body of the essay - to discredit the "other side." The intention is to make the reader interested and intrigued enough to read on so be sure to touch on the "bigger picture." For example: Is it the principle of being cited when you exercised your rights or is it the principle of having become necessary to punish people punitively for things that they should be doing anyway? Accept the fact that both sides of this argument have their merits. This will give you credibility in the eyes of the reader and, even if he or she disagrees with you, they will want to read what you have to say .

Your thesis statement should end off your introductory paragraph.  

You have not stated which "side" you are on so it is difficult to get you started but think about what recycling or not recycling will do or, if your slant is more about the citation, think about what effect it will have being cited.

You might compose a starting parafraph around these ideas:

Issues surrounding recycling have always been contentious. Westernized countries believe choice is paramount. Has the time come to have the choice made for us regarding recycling? Should we have the right to make the choice to recycle? Should we accept citations for what would otherwise have been a choice.

And a thesis statement possibility:

....The issue for me is the right to choose!  (or )

....The issue for me is the absolute need to recycle and the time to take responsibility!  (or)

...Whose responsibility is it anyway when it comes to recycling?

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