English 102 1
Understanding the Argumentative Essay (Exercise A)
Task 1A : Finding 1 main thesis, 3 supporting arguments, and 1 conclusion
Task 2A: Adding information to relevant arguments
The following three sentences each add further information to the three supporting arguments. Your task is
to add the sentences to the text. First work out which of the three supporting arguments they relate to.
Recent studies indicate that the parent-child relationship can be improved by the use of high-quality
A whole range of learning occurs in childcare centres.
Non-working parents can become a drain on the tax system through dependent spouse and other
Task 3A: Connectives for listing arguments
You have seen that we can use different connectives to list the supporting arguments in the text. These
listing connectives are:
Firstly, Secondly, Furthermore, In addition, Finally, Moreover, In addition
the beginning of the three supporting arguments with connectives from the above list
Task 4A: Concluding connectives
: Three common concluding connectives are
In conclusion, In
Mark the conclusion of your argument with a concluding connective.
Task 5A: In fact / Indeed
These connectives have almost the same meaning and both can be used
connect a more detailed statement with a preceding general statement OR to connect a statement
which is more factual and exact with a preceding statement that is more debatable and general.
three places in the text where you could use "In fact" or "Indeed".
Task 6A: Paragraphs
The structure of the text is now well marked by connectives so that the reader can
clearly identify the main thesis, supporting arguments and conclusions.
You can also use paragraphs to
mark the structure of the text so that it is even more clear and easy to read.
Mark the places in the text
where you would start a new paragraph with a large (NP) which stands for "new paragraph"