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Organizing an Argumentative Paper

  • Framing your issue
  • How to get your reader’s attention
  • How to explain technical details and jargon
  • Where to put your best reasons
  • Who has the burden of proof?

Organizing an Argumentative Paper

Lecture Slides are screen-captured images of important points in the lecture. Students can download and print out these lecture slide images to do practice problems as well as take notes while watching the lecture.

  • Intro 0:00
  • Previous Organization 0:21
    • Basic Five Paragraph
    • Patterns of Organization
  • Plan for This Lesson 1:38
  • Researching an Issue 2:10
    • What Sources Should You Use?
    • What Kinds of Issues Can You Explore
    • How Should You 'Frame' The Issue?
    • Focus Your Yes/ No Question
    • How Do You Answer the 'Yes/ No'?
  • Introductions 10:55
    • Add This in Addition to Old Rules
    • The Thesis
    • Example of an Intro
  • Body Paragraphs 15:09
    • How Many Reasons Do You Have?
    • Example
    • Basic Organization
    • Basic + Rebuttal
    • Explanation + Reasons
  • Assignment: Write an Argumentative Paper 21:17
  • Assignment: A Great Paper 22:24