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What is an Argumentative Essay?

An argumentative essay uses facts and evidence to support its claim. It's intended to convince the reader to accept the argument being presented. Before starting to write, find an argumentative research paper topic.

An argumentative essay should use evidence and facts to support your argument. Let's say that you want to write an argumentative article claiming that Charleston, SC is a great place for families. It's not enough to say it's great because your family went there. Argumentative essays require facts and data. For example, Charleston has many family-friendly attractions. There are also special deals that you can take with your kids. You should also have surveys from people who enjoyed Charleston. The first argument is based solely on emotions, while the second is supported by evidence that can be proved.

For argumentative essays, the standard five-paragraph format is acceptable, but not mandatory. These essays usually follow one of two formats, the Toulmin model and the Rogerian model.

  • The most popular model is Toulmin. The Toulmin model starts with an introduction. It then follows with a thesis/claim and provides data and evidence to support the claim. This essay style also allows for rebuttals to counterarguments.
  • The Rogerian Model analyses two sides to an argument and comes up with a conclusion after considering the strengths and weaknesses.

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