What are the elements of an Argumentative Essay?

What are the elements of an Argumentative Essay?

Published on 11 February 2023

Learn what the elements of an Argumentative Essay are to improve on your next essay!

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What Are The Elements of an Argumentative Essay?
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The Claim:
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The claim is simply your argument about a certain issue or topic. It is often an answer to a question and will most likely included the word "should" within the claim. The claim is usually found within the introduction.
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What does a Claim Look Like?
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Example: Students should not be allowed to wear tattoos in school.
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The Proofs of The Claim:
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The proofs of the claim include 2 sections or body paragraphs of the following: one reason why the claim is true, one piece of evidence to support the reason, and one analysis of that evidence.
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What does proof of evidence look like?
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Students should not be allowed to wear tattoos in school because tattoos can end up being offensive (reason).
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An example of this is when I was in high school someone had a tattoo which stated "all white people are racist" (evidence).
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Because of this tattoo, there were many arguments and contention surrounding the tattoo, distracting the students from learning, which suggests why we shouldn't allow students to wear tattoos (analysis).
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The Counterclaim
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A counterclaim is the claim of the other side of the argument. In essence, it is the opposite of your original claim.
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What does a Counterclaim Look Like?
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Example: Students should be allowed to wear tattoos in school
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The Conclusion
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The conclusion includes a summary of your points that were made and should be used to show the potential impact that it could have if others agree and follow your claim.
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What does proof of evidence look like?
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In summary, tattoos have caused many issues because of offensive terminology and visuals that can affect how students learn (summary).
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This is why we shouldn't allow students to show tattoos within our schools. If more schools were to extinguish the ability to have tattoos within the school, we could see fewer fights and controversies within schools (potential impact).
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Use These Elements To Help You Write Your Next Essay!