Argument organization

Review the Strategy Questions for Organizing Your Argument Essay in Chapter 5, and then write a 1000- word response to Chapter Activity #2

Chapter 5

Strategy Questions for Organizing Your Argument Essay

1. Do you have a lead-in to “hook” your reader? (an example, anecdote, scenario, startling statistic, or provocative question)

2. How much background is required to properly acquaint readers with your issue?

3. Will your claim be placed early (introduction) or delayed (conclusion) in your paper?

4. What is your supporting evidence?

5. Have you located authoritative (expert) sources that add credibility to your argument?

6. Have you considered addressing opposing viewpoints?

7. Are you willing to make some concessions (compromises) toward opposing sides?

8. What type of tone (serious, comical, sarcastic, inquisitive) best relates your message to reach your audience?

9. Once written, have you maintained a third person voice? (No “I” or “you” statements)

10. How will you conclude in a meaningful way? (Call your readers to take action, explain why the topic has global importance, or offer a common ground compromise that benefits all sides?)

Chapter activity #2

Judging others is human nature. Some of us may practice fighting the urge to be judgmental more than others, but it is a very active battle. What lessons can you argue the characters from “A Good Man Is Hard to Find” (page 231) and “Young Goodman Brown” (page 220) teach readers regarding the dangers of being judgmental?

Young Goodman Brown (1835)

Nathaniel Hawthorne

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