Argumentation & Writing to Learn

  • Using your sources to inform your writing may seem like a straight-forward task; however, the interpretation, synthesis, and integration of source material to construct an argument requires more than just access.
  • Let's talk about some integration concepts that you should consider for your argument essay:
    • Literature Review
    • Direct quotes & Paraphrases
    • Summarization
    • Filling gaps (you don't need all the answers!)

Discussion & Application

  • Let's talk about how argumentation applies to your topics.
  • Use the Argumentative Guide to aid you in outlining your argumentative paper. We'll be talking about this in detail in the coming week.
  • Create a new doc and compose two claims, one based on facts from your research and one based on defining something about your topic. List at least 3 reasons you could use to support them. Remember:
    • Claims should be arguable and debatable. They can't simply state a fact we all agree on.
    • You must be able to support your claims with reasons and, eventually, evidence based on your research.
  • You'll have 20 minutes to compose these; use your time wisely!

Thesis Statement & Introduction

  • Let's examine what a good Thesis Statement looks like.
    • Now, you need to use the claims you've written to determine what your central argument is.
      • Consider what the unifying goal is that would tie all your claims together; what do you want to accomplish through the publication of this writing?
    • The "Roadmap" Mentality
      • A good thesis statement and introduction for an argumentative paper should be the equivalent of drawing a roadmap for someone. Your goal is to get them from point A (where they're at) to point B (where you want them to go--in this case, you want to convince them to act on your issue). The thesis statement should define for the reader where you want them to go and how you're going to get them there.
    • Thesis Statement Activity
    • The strongest place for your thesis statement to hang out is at the end of your introduction. Once you've got a working thesis, give it some context by setting up any background information you've collected with a few sentences before the thesis.
    • All together, your introduction should now have some brief background (which you can elaborate on later in the draft) and a strong central argument in the form of a thesis; it's a great start!


  • Read Concept 5 by next Tuesday
  • Continue to build your collection of research to fill gaps or add to your argument!