by Cara Gratton
This site is designed to help students understand the structure of the argumentative essay, so they can write using this style more easily. It shows the purpose and organization of the argumentative essay. Sample readings with questions as well as a list of writing topics are included.
What is an argumentative essay?
Charles Darling's website "Guide to Grammar and Writing", explains what an argumentative essay is. It links to several other pages within the same site, so you can learn more about other aspects of writing such as citing authorities and using statistics.
When do you use this style of writing?
The Paradigm Online Writing Assistant website explains when the argumentative style of writing is used. It links to other pages within the same site to explain the different types of arguments that can be used, , reason, ethics, and emotion.
How is it organized?
The OWL Online Writing Lab website shows how an argumentative essay is organized. It outlines each paragraph of a standard five-paragraph essay. The WriteFix.com website also outlines how to write an argumentative essay.
Sample Essays with Questions
Write an Essay
Go to the Glendale Community College English Department website and choose a topic from the list of topics on the right-hand-side of the page. Click on a topic that interests you and visit a site where you are given a thesis statement and references that you can use when you write your own essay. Write an argumentative essay, 300-400 words in length.
Updated August 22 2016 by Student & Academic Services
Should marine parks stay open or close down? Many people have been arguing this issue a lot lately. Keeping native wild animals in marine park is a very cruel and inhuman action and Bill Daly believes that closing down the marine parks is the best way for native wild animals to live free and continue to grow healthily. Marine Park Owners Association claimed that marine park could attract many foreign tourists and foster them to spend money which is an advantage for the economy. However, surveys of foreign tourists show that they come to Australia for the beautiful nature, they want to see those native wild animals in the natural environment, not in the marine parks. They have marine park in their own countries, they are not coming for the park. Dolphins and whales were born in the ocean. They belong to mother nature. It is very brutal to keep them in small ponds or aquarium while they should be in the ocean living with freedom. We, human being, could never create an environment that is identical or better than the