Instructions How to Write

Argumentative Scheme

Argumentative Scheme (select one):

Casual
Evaluation/Ethical
The argument should articulate a problem/opportunity and argue for a specific solution/outcome.

Write an argument that takes a stand and supports its position through the use of strong description and evidence, real or likely examples, clear establishment of terms, careful reasoning, and acknowledgment and analysis of counterarguments (how someone would argue against your claim).

You need to show that there is a problem that needs to be addressed (discussing causes and effects).
You then need to sift through all the possible solutions and persuade your audience that your solution is the most effective strategy to help the problem.
As for topics, you will have to identify a “current” problem/opportunity and work with it. Here are the basic categories from which you should brainstorm about an issue or problem:

Your argument needs to have a clear purpose with ample detail to support this purpose. It should have a beginning that generates interest, an ending that provides a sense of closure, and the parts in between should be arranged in a logical and rhetorically effective sequence. The document should demonstrate stylistic maturity and mastery of editorial conventions (appropriate style/tone and grammatical correctness).

Summary: present a concise one-paragraph summary of your argument.
Introduction: provide background information and key issues of the document while previewing the content and your claim.
Problem/Opportunity: present an analysis of the problem that you are addressing with strong details and examples while contending with counterarguments.
Solution: argue for your specific solution with cogent and sound argumentation while grappling with counterarguments.
Conclusion: provide a summation of your claim, but not in the same exact words as other sections.
Back Matter: offer a properly formatted Reference List page and appendices (tables, charts, diagrams) if they are not integrated into the text.
Your project must clearly present:

Core of the argument
Use of evidence and augmentative strategies
Appeals to ethos and pathos
Genre of the argument

A Successful Argument:

Provides a concise summation of your claim in the first section.
Offers an introduction that provides context and background for the reader while briefly introducing your solution.
Explains the problem by using appropriate, accurate, and logically sound assertions, examples, and details.
Offers a solution section that persuades readers by making logical and ethical claims that show how your proposal will help solve the problem or address the opportunity through a solution that is ethical, just, reasonable, and practical.
Provides a concise conclusion section that connects to your claim/solution.
Has focused and unified paragraphs that are appropriately developed.
Is free of irrelevant details.
Follows the proper format of an writing project by using headings and subheadings.
Exhibits strong concision, cohesion, transitions, and sentence variety in length and type.
Provides a medium level of tone and diction—not too formal but not too informal, i.e. real-world.
Is free of mechanical and proofreading errors.

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