ENGL 101 English Composition 1 (Modzelewski)

Writing an Argument

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A strong persuasive essay is built on reliable information. Use this guide to help you get informed - even if you start out with a position on your topic!

sign reading"i can be persuaded by a logical argument"

"An argument without evidence is only a set of assertions."

The purpose of an argumentative essay is to persuade an audience to think a particular way.

A strong argument will reflect your own thoughtful research on the topic. It will...

  • Present a fair and accurate discussion of the issue.
  • Take a clear position.
  • Be supported with credible evidence.
  • Consider other possible points of view.

Image source: "I Can Be Persuaded" by Martha Soukup is licensed under CC BY 2.0

Quote source: Parsons, M. A., R. Duerr, and J.-B. Minster. "Data Citation and Peer Review." Eos, Transactions, American Geophysical Union 91.34  (2010): 297-298. Print.

Writing an Informative Essay

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An informative essay aims to educate an audience rather than persuade.

  • Be sure to define, explain, and support your ideas. 
  • An informative essay may address debates and opinions on the topic, but it will not take a stand on those debates.