In an argumentative essay, the writer establishes and defends their position on a controversial topic. It requires you to investigate a topic, evaluate the evidence, establish your position and present it concisely.

Characteristics of an Argumentative Essay

  1. Includes a claim
  2. Includes reasons and evidence (facts) to support the reasons
  3. Includes a warrant (a bridge that connects data to the writer’s reasons and claims)
  4. Includes a counterclaim - the opposition’s stance
  5. Includes a rebuttal

Writing in the Real World

  • Debate - politics
  • Opinion articles in the newspapers and news magazines
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