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Having an Argument, Making an Argument

posted: 11.12.07 by Barclay Barrios

Help students to understand what an academic argument does by getting them to think about other kinds of arguments. Have students review the material on argument in the handbook and then ask them to describe the difference between an argument between lovers, an argument between political candidates, an argument in a courtroom, and a scientific argument. As a follow-up, ask them to describe the difference between “They’re having an argument” and “You have a convincing argument.” This exercise and discussion can be used to think about emotion, evidence, opinion, fact and the ways each can or should play a role in academic writing

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