English 101 - College Composition 1

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The Classic Persuasive Essay: Taking a Stance

Objectives:

  • Learn to analyze an issue by identifying both sides.
  • Learn to evaluate arguments by examining their foundations and identifying their strengths and weaknesses.
  • Learn to build an intelligent, well-reasoned opinion based on knowing the subject thoroughly.

Components of a Classic Argument:

  • Identify the issue
  • Provide reasoning and support for the "pro side" of the issue
  • Provide reasoning and support for the "con side" of the issue
  • Take a stance and show why it is superior
  • Refute the opposition
  • Make a final plea
My green notations indicate how each of the above classical argument components were employed in the following student essay:

 

PAGE 1
Issue identified
Reasoning & support for "pro side" of issue is provided

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