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Analyze This

Analyze This

Before you try to develop a thesis of your own, it can be helpful to see how another author presents an argumentative thesis. In this Analyze This video, watch as one student shares a short analysis...

See It in Practice

See It in Practice

Now that you have learned about the importance of developing a strong argumentative thesis for your argumentative essay, it’s time to visit our student who is engaging in her own argumentative writing process. In this...

Time to Write

Time to Write

It’s your turn now to develop a working thesis. Remember, at this stage, a working thesis is one that may change, but it’s a good idea to at least draft a thesis that presents your...

Types of Argument

Types of Argument

Just as there many types of essays you will write in college and many types of writing in general, argumentative essays come in many forms as well. There are three basic structures or types...

Toulmin Argument

Toulmin Argument

The Toulmin method, developed by philosopher Stephen Toulmin, is essentially a structure for analyzing arguments. But the elements for analysis are so clear and structured that many professors now have students write argumentative essays with...

See It in Practice

See It in Practice

Now that you have had the chance to learn about compare and contrast essays, it’s time to see one in practice. Below, you’ll see a traditional or typical sample compare and contrast essay from a beginning writing...

Documentation Common Error

Documentation Common Error

Incomplete or Missing Documentation The third most common error on the list relates to proper documentation. It’s so important to remember to cite all borrowed information. No matter your documentation style, whether it is...

Pronoun Reference

Pronoun Reference

Pronoun reference errors also make the list because pronouns seem to give a lot of beginning writers some trouble. A pronoun reference error occurs when you use a pronoun like he or she, and it’s...

Capitalization

Capitalization

Some teachers blame text messaging. After all, how many times have you written out a quick text message, not worrying about where you need to capitalize? You, like many others, have probably done this...

Missing Word

Missing Word

Missing word errors make this list because we are too often in a hurry when we edit. Our brains are great. We can read right through sentences and put in the words that need...

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