AN ARGUMENT IS AN OPINION THAT CONNECTS THE EVIDENCE TO YOUR TOPIC SENTENCE. IT IS AN OPINION THAT ANSWERS “SO WHAT?”.
An argument is:
- Justification of why you think a certain way
- A cohesive thought
- Connection to evidence
- A sentence that makes sense
- A sentence that helps answer the question
- A sentence that shows a connection between the evidence and the opinion
- PROVES THAT YOU READ AND UNDERSTAND THE MATERIAL!
Questions to help write an argument
- Why is the evidence in the paragraph?
- Why is the evidence interesting?
- Why should anyone care about this evidence?
- What does the evidence imply?
- What are the consequences of thinking this way or looking at a problem this way? (For evidence of a counterclaim)
- I have just described what something is like or how I see it, why do I see it that way?
- Why is something I just described like that?
- How does what I just described happen?
- How does what I just described come to be the way it is?
- Why is the evidence important?
- Why does the evidence matter to me or to someone else?
- How do the evidence and my thinking relate to my claim?
- What connections exist between the topic sentence and the evidence?
- Does the evidence support my claim? Explain how.
- Can I give an example to describe in greater detail my evidence?