- "Social media are destroying real-life communication."
- "Climate change is caused by humans and should be solved by humans."
- "The Netherlands should take in as many refugees as possible." - "Guns should be made legal in the Netherlands, just like in the USA, in order for people to protect themselves."
Slide 3 - Slide
- Title - Introduction - Main argument 1 - Main argument 2 - Main argument 3 - Conclusion
Slide 4 - Slide
- No title = 0 points - Basic title = 1 point -> Repeating the statement or only stating the topic. -> "Guns are good." "Guns in the Netherlands." "Guns." - Exciting / interesting/clever title = 2 points -> "The controlling nature of gun control laws." -> "Gun control laws are bulletproof."
Slide 5 - Slide
- Introducing the topic - Describing the statement you've chosen - A thesis statement: 1 sentence to indicate if you're for or against the statement
Not: ".... is the statement, I'm in favour." But ..... (see next slide)
Slide 6 - Slide
- Introduces your point of view + guides the reader
- It contains your three main arguments in one sentence, and
shows the structure of your essay. - "The Iraq War was not justified because the sending of the troops was based on little evidence (1), merely created a power vacuum after disposing of Saddam Hussein (2), and was disastrous for innocent Iraqi citizens (3)."
Slide 7 - Slide
Three Main Arguments
- All focused on one main argument - Structure for each paragraph: - Introduction + topic sentence (one sentence that shows what's the main argument that you're going to make) - Sub-arguments, evidence, examples - Conclusion
Slide 8 - Slide
- Summary of your arguments - Restatement of your point of view - Concluding sentence - (Try to take it a step further / give some advice / relate your arguments to a bigger picture) - The United States should thus think about the consequences of the Iraq War before starting another war in the Middle East.
Slide 9 - Slide
- Essay Writing 1 in your reader - Follow the instructions - Pick one of the statements on page 4, think about arguments, think about a thesis statement, write some practice paragraphs - We'll practise writing arguments & writing style in the next two lessons, and grammar in the lessons after that.