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Argumentative Essay
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“5-minute argument” Monty Python was a popular comedy group in England, in the 1970s. They had television shows which featured short, funny skits. In this skit, a man has come to a business to purchase a “5-minute argument” (much as one might purchase a 10-minute massage). He is about to enter the office after paying at the front desk. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=teMlv3ripSM
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Characteristics of Argumentative Essays An argument: 1. states a specific claim in a thesis statement 2. depends on careful audience analysis 3. presents reasons supported by convincing evidence 4. follows a logical line of reasoning 5. recognizes opposing views
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1. An argument states a specific claim in a thesis statement Follow the 4 Commandments: Choose a side Be specific Make it arguable Focus on one main idea
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2. An argument depends on careful audience analysis Agreeing – encourage an action Neutral – emphasize importance of issue; establish yourself as knowledgeable Disagreeing – establish common ground to gain trust, persuade, focus on logic
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3. An argument presents reasons
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This note was uploaded on 02/20/2012 for the course ESL 501 taught by Professor Spear,a during the Spring '08 term at University of Illinois, Urbana Champaign.

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