Argumentative Writing Assignment

October 15th, 2015 | Honors | No comments

Climate Change Argumentative Essays

  • Topic for an argument essay should be current, debatable, researchable, and manageable
    • Topic needs to connect to physics (or physical sciences) and Global Climate Change
  • Perform effective and thorough research
      • Collect Evidence
      • Works Cited (APA)
      • Internal Citations (APA) – not just to avoid plagiarism but to convey weight and authority
  • Create a clear, firm, and debatable thesis

       The following are qualities of a well-crafted thesis statement:

  • A thesis statement should identify a purpose, a way to accomplish the purpose, and oftentimes an audience.
  • A thesis statement should convey something about the essay’s structure.
  • A thesis statement should be easily identifiable by a reader and should be clear and not ambiguous.
  • A thesis statement generally comes toward the end of the introduction (which sets up the thesis).
  • Provide the necessary background information on the topic
      • Be clear, concise, and credible
  • Incorporate logos, pathos, and ethos
      • Logos – present evidence in logical ways
      • Pathos – emotion, primarily in introduction
      • Ethos – challenge counter-arguments to establish credibility
  • Focus on organization and transitions
    • Write in the third-person (Don’t use “I” or “we”)
    • Use confident language with precision (Don’t use vague phrases or references)


Blog (or acceptable alternative) Posts
Due Monday:
Commentary or Analysis of a Post
Due Friday:
  • Oct 19
  • Oct 26
  • Nov 2
  • Nov 9
  • Nov 16
  • Oct 23
  • Oct 30
  • Nov 6
  • Nov 13
  • Nov 20
Paper Due 11/24/2015 by 8:30am to
Presentation / Video Production Due 12/21/2015 by 8:30am for Class


Link to Kauffman’s Argumentive Essay Evernote Notebook: