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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. a. Recent studies indicate that the parent-child relationship can be improved by the use of high-quality childcare facilities. b. A whole range of learning occurs in childcare centres. c. Non-working parents can become a drain on the tax system through dependent spouse and other rebates. 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 Mark 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 summary, Thus 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 to 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. Find 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"
English 102 2 Showing you are aware of both sides of the issue (Exercise B) Recent changes in federal goverment priorities have seen a reduction in financial support for parents who use childcare. This is occuring at a time when there is increasing social

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