Choose 1 of the 5 argument topics and create your argumentative essay



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Mr. West – Argumentative essay – DUE WEDNESDAY

  • Choose 1 of the 5 argument topics and create your argumentative essay.

  • Use the linked articles to provide evidence for your claim in addition to your own supporting ideas.

  • http://www4.smsd.org/christopherwest/docs/Doc-187932.doc

  • Include 1 textual citation in 3 of the body paragraphs. Ex. “…35% of gun fatalities…” (source 1)

  • Address the counterclaim AND dismiss the opposing argument.

ARGUMENTATIVE ESSAY OUTLINE

TITLE (Main Idea): _________________________________________________________________



PARAGRAPH 1- “THE HOOK”

INTRODUCTION: Introduce your topic (What are the two sides to the argument?)

Background information/context/Attention getter …

*THESIS STATEMENT (What is your opinion – CLAIM?):

PARAGRAPH 2

REASON #1 (Why should someone agree with your opinion?):

Evidence/support

Evidence/support *include 1 textual citation

Evidence/support

PARAGRAPH 3 REASON #3 (Why should someone agree with your opinion?):

Evidence/support

Evidence/support *include 1 textual citation

Evidence/support

PARAGRAPH 4

REASON #3 (Why should someone agree with your opinion?):

Evidence/support

Evidence/support *include 1 textual citation

Evidence/support

PARAGRAPH 5

What is the counterclaim or counterargument?

State that the counterclaim is wrong.

State why the counterclaim is wrong.

Reaffirm your thesis/claim.

PARAGRAPH 6

CONCLUSION (Summarize your thoughts):

RESTATE SIDE 1:

RESTATE SIDE 2:

RESTATE THE 3 REASONS TO AGREE WITH YOU:

You may refer to the sources as Source 1, Source 2 and Source 3 for citation purposes. See the back of this handout.



Does participation in sports keep teens out of trouble?

Source 1http://www.livestrong.com/article/291502-do-sports-keep-teens-out-of-trouble/

Source 2http://www.debate.org/opinions/do-sports-keep-teenagers-out-of-trouble

Source 3http://motherhood.modernmom.com/participation-sports-keep-teens-out-trouble-5363.html



Does Technology Make Us More Alone?

Source 1http://learning.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/09/04/does-technology-somehow-make-us-more-alone/?_php=true&_type=blogs&_r=0

Source 2https://www.apa.org/monitor/2011/06/social-networking.aspx

Source 3http://www.forbes.com/sites/womensmedia/2012/05/24/text-or-talk-is-technology-making-you-lonely/



Should What You Say on Facebook Be Grounds for Getting Fired?

Source 1http://www.cbsnews.com/news/yes-you-should-be-fired-for-that-facebook-post-no-matter-what-the-feds-say-next-week/

Source 2http://www.businessinsider.com/6-reasons-social-media-got-people-fired-2013-7

Source 3http://www.cnn.com/2010/LIVING/11/10/facebook.fired.social.media.etiquette/



Should Guns Be Permitted on College Campuses?

Source 1http://www.armedcampuses.org/

Source 2http://www.annenbergclassroom.org/speakouts.aspx?name=should-students-and-faculty-be-allowed-to-carry-guns-on-college-campuses&AspxAutoDetectCookieSupport=1

Source 3http://learning.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/03/03/should-guns-be-permitted-on-college-campuses/



Should the Government Limit the Size of Sugary Drinks?

Source 1http://learning.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/10/03/should-the-government-limit-the-size-of-sugary-drinks/



Source 2http://www.gallup.com/poll/163238/americans-reject-size-limit-soft-drinks-restaurants.aspx

Source 3http://www.cnn.com/2013/03/13/opinion/gostin-soda-ban/

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