Argumentative paragraph

Argumentative paragraph

An argumentative paragraph presents a point of view and provides evidence for the point of view taken. It is a paragraph in which you try to convince the reader of something. You state your reasons for believing something and try to get the reader to agree.
An argument is an opinion supported by facts. Writers refer to opinions as claims and facts as evidence. The claim clearly states a stance on a topic or issue. Evidence to prove this claim can include reasons, personal experience, statistics, confirmed facts, and expert research.
For the claim to be persuasive, an argument writer must support it with the most effective evidence that comes from a variety of credible sources.
Credible sources are websites, reports, and articles developed by experts and journalists.

An Argumentative paragraph should include:

  • A topic Sentence identifies what is being argued for or against.
  • Support Sentences include facts, examples, appeals to authority or counter-argument to back up your point of view. Present your reasons in order of importance: from most important to least important.
  • A concluding sentence restates what is being argued for or against and why.

Useful transitional words and phrases

  • Giving reasons:
    first, second, third, another, next, last, finally, because, since, for....
  • Counter-argument:
    but, however, of course, nevertheless, although, despite....
  • Concluding:
    therefore, as a result, in conclusion, thus....

Example
You should do your own homework. Copying someone else is illegal, and you can get a failing grade or even be kicked out of school. If you cheat on your job, you can be fired or arrested and put in jail; the government will certainly find you if you cheat on your taxes! Copying someone else's homework also means that you never learn how to do that work for yourself, so when you need the information later (let's say the teacher actually gives you a test on it where you can't copy!) then you don't know how to do it and you get another bad grade. Also, if you don't do your homework, you never learn how to discipline yourself to do unpleasant things, and when you grow up you will always have trouble making yourself do things like your job, paying your bills, and saving money. In short, doing your own homework is the best way to go!

SOURCEMr. Omar Marzouki
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I started teaching in 2004 after I had got my BA degree in English from Kenitra. These days I am pursuing a Masters degree in English too at the same university. I am interested in implementing ICT in learning and bringing the best to my students, whom I do love and consider as my kids.

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