Argumentative Writing

writing that requires the student to investigate a topic; collect, generate, and evaluate evidence; and establish a position on the topic in a concise manner

Elements of Argument

Claim:
~What are you trying to prove?

Evidence:
~support or facts
~supports the claims that you present.

Warrants:
~common sense rules that people accept as generally true
~laws
~scientific principles/studies
~thoughtfully argued definitions

Backing:
~support for the warrants

Qualifications:
~limits put on the claim (probably, very likely, almost certainly, etc.)

Counter Argument:
~an argument that apposes your thesis, or part of your thesis
~expresses the view of a person who disagrees with your position

"Slip or Trip"

At five-feet-six and a hundred and ten pounds, Queenie Volupides was a beauty. When she tore out of the house after a tiff with her husband, Arthur, she went to the 8th Grade Semi-Formal at the school where she was chaperoning.

She left the Semi-Formal shortly before eleven at night and invited a few of the other chaperones to follow her home to watch a movie and eat popcorn. The other chaperones got to the Volupides house about ten minutes after Queenie, who met them at the door and said, "Something terrible happened. Arthur slipped and fell on the stairs. He was coming down for another Red Bull --- he still had the glass in his hand from the previous Red Bull he drank---and I think he's dead. Oh, my God---what shall I do?

The autopsy conducted later concluded that Arthur had died from a wound on the head and his heart rate was increased dramatically.    

What happened?

Do you believe what Queenie said?

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