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This page is brought to you by the OWL at Purdue (http://owl.english.purdue.edu/). When printing this page, you must include the entire legal notice at bottom. Introductions, Body Paragraphs, and Conclusions for Argument Papers This resource was written by Allen Brizee . Last full revision by Allen Brizee . Last edited by Allen Brizee on September 15th 2008 at 9:47AM Summary: This resource outlines the generally accepted structure for introductions, body paragraphs, and conclusions in an academic argument paper. Keep in mind that this resource contains guidelines and not strict rules about organization. Your structure needs to be flexible enough to meet the requirements of your purpose and audience. 1. Introductions, Body Paragraphs, and Conclusions for an Argument Paper The following sections outline the generally accepted structure for an academic argument paper. Keep in mind that these are guidelines and that your structure needs to be flexible enough to meet the requirements of your purpose and audience. You may also use the following Purdue OWL resources to help you with your argument paper: Creating a Thesis Statement Establishing Arguments Organizing Your Argument Organizing Your Argument Slide Presentation Logic in Argumentative Writing Paragraphs and Paragraphing Transitions and Transitional Devices Introduction The introduction is the broad beginning of the paper that answers three important questions: What is this? 1. Why am I reading it? 2. What do you want me to do? 3. You should answer these questions by doing the following: Set the context – provide general information about the main idea, explaining the situation so the reader can make sense of the topic and the claims you make and support 1. State why the main idea is important – tell the reader why s/he should care and keep reading. Your goal is to create a compelling, clear, and convincing essay people will want to read and act upon 2. State your thesis/claim – compose a sentence or two stating the position you will support with logos (sound reasoning: induction, deduction), pathos (balanced emotional appeal), and ethos (author credibility). 3. For exploratory essays, your primary research question would replace your thesis statement so the audience understands why you began your inquiry. An overview of the types of sources you explored might follow your research question. If your argument paper is long, you may want to forecast how you will support your thesis by outlining the structure of Introductions, Body Paragraphs, and Conclusions for Argument Papers - T. .. http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/printable/724/ 1 of 6 6/24/2009 11:14 PM
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your paper, the sources you will consider, and the opposition to your position. Your forecast could read something like this: First, I will define key terms for my argument, and then I will provide some background of the situation. Next I will outline the important positions of the argument and explain why I support one of these positions. Lastly, I will consider opposing positions and discuss why these positions are
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