In the first paragraph of an argument essay, students should set the context by reviewing the topic in a general way.
Next the author should explain why the topic is important (exigence) or why readers should care about the issue.
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: Some confusion may occur between the argumentative essay and the expository essay.
These two genres are similar, but the argumentative essay differs from the expository essay in the amount of pre-writing (invention) and research involved.Some factual, logical, statistical, or anecdotal evidence should support the thesis.However, students must consider multiple points of view when collecting evidence.Each paragraph should be limited to the discussion of one general idea.This will allow for clarity and direction throughout the essay.If the student does not master this portion of the essay, it will be quite difficult to compose an effective or persuasive essay.Transitions are the mortar that holds the foundation of the essay together.Some paragraphs will directly support the thesis statement with evidence collected during research.It is also important to explain how and why the evidence supports the thesis (warrant).This is the portion of the essay that will leave the most immediate impression on the mind of the reader. Do not introduce any new information into the conclusion; rather, synthesize the information presented in the body of the essay.Restate why the topic is important, review the main points, and review your thesis.