How to Write an Argumentative Essay – Thesis Statements and Paragraphs

we’ve looked at a hamburger essay format and planning now we’re going to write the thesis statement and topic sentences and learn how to structure a paragraph properly now let’s look closer at your thesis statement your thesis statement is made up of your opinion and three main ideas that illustrate this we put the thesis statement in the introduction so the reader knows straight away what the writers opinion is and what will be explored in the essay it’s important to have a strong structure when you build a house an essay is the same without a good thesis statement and topic sentences that answer the question the argument could collapse you need a clear thesis statement which tells the reader what the essay is about keep your thesis as specific as you can it also needs to be arguable so make sure it’s not too broad or general it should refer to the three point you’re going to make in your body paragraphs let’s move on to paragraphing why is this important one idea per paragraph is a world standard it is a method for organizing your ideas and it helps your reader to follow your argument easily remember that you are normally awarded marks for coherence and cohesion by an examiner in each paragraph you need to show progression from a general statement called your topic sentence to more specific information about the same topic followed by an example then you finish by linking back to your thesis statement your paragraph should be about four or five sentences long a really simple way of doing this is to follow the Peale structure P this is your topic sentence a general statement that summarizes the main idea of the paragraph II this is additional information you give to support the topic sentence it should explain why the topic sentence is relevant to the essay question II this is your evidence to support your topic sentence this could be one or two examples and is usually a fact a personal experience or a physical description of something this might be two sentences long if you have more than one example l this is your link back to a topic sentence and shows how your point answers the question you can use transition words or phrases for your link such as this shows us that this helps to answer the question because you can swap the elaboration and example sentences around then the example sentence would be evidence to support the topic sentence and the elaboration sentence would explain how the example supports your topic sentence don’t try to be creative here make sure you follow this structure for each paragraph and don’t miss out one of the stages or use an example as a point finally we use linking devices in essay writing to connect ideas in several ways to link clauses in sentences using words like and so but and because to link topic sentences and the thesis statement to link the introduction to the conclusion chilling paragraphs using words such as furthermore to add information however or nevertheless to introduce contrasting ideas and in conclusion to summarize what you have said before we use linkers or conjunctions to make sure that our ideas gel together to answer the essay question remember that words such as and so because tend to go in the middle of sentences not the start in this section we have looked at thesis statements and topic sentences paragraphing peel and linking don’t forget to make sure your thesis statement is not too broad or too general and make sure it is arguable right about one idea per paragraph use the peel structure writing four or five sentences for each paragraph and use linkers to connect your ideas together don’t just make a series of points one after the other make one and then expand on that point with your elaboration and example for more advice visitors at learn English teens and for more information on our courses visitors at the British Council website our next video in the series is about how to write your introduction and conclusion

Paying For My Mistakes – An essay on personal responsibility.

paying for my mistakes by David Lewis as children we really have the insight or understanding to fully appreciate the extent of our impact on the world around us in our young minds the world simply revolves around us operating independently without our involvement people places and things remain static and we are incapable of affecting major changes in any way this world came crashing down for me at the age of seven when I caused my first automobile accident my friend had recently completed a classic car model and naturally I wanted to take it for a test drive on this kitchen counter tragically the car plunged off the edge and was totaled when it hit the floor luckily nobody was injured in the few seconds after the accident my happy carefree existence was changed forever when I realized that my friend expected me to somehow resolve the situation I was stumped me I was only seven it wasn’t my fault these reckless people hadn’t installed guardrails on their counters what were they thinking but there was no escaping the situation I knew something would have to be done so i went to the two people i knew had the ultimate power to solve anything my parents my parents both had jobs and therefore a fortune in spare cash surely they would replace the car and everything would be fine unfortunately another fundamental truth of childhood is that parents can sometimes be unreasonable and unfair for no reason just to be mean my father explained that while they had the money available I would not learn anything from the experience if I didn’t personally invest the time and efforts to make things right obviously these people didn’t understand basic logic I didn’t have any personal money or independent wealth otherwise I would be buying model cars for myself they had all the power and control in the relationship but I suspected my friend wouldn’t care he just wanted his model car replaced for the first time in my life I was indebted to another person with nobody else to bail me out and nobody to blame except myself that young age I understood that guard rails are not standard equipment on kitchen counters there was only one solution I had to run away I didn’t know where I would go but it would be somewhere I could make a fresh start and I would never tell anyone about what i did I also resolved that I would never ever play with anyone’s toys even if they offered the wrist was just too great why didn’t anyone warn me to be careful I’m sure I never heard that advice ever before that day as I was silently plotting my escape my father proposed an alternate solution through a series of odd jobs around the house I could earn the money to replace the car it sounded just crazy enough to work I would raise the money buy a new model car for my friend and act cool about it like I had everything under control the whole time nobody would suspect anything as it turned out it totally worked I was able to handle the situation completely on my own without assistance from anyone else I knew then that I would always be free to destroy others property without any long-term consequences and as long as I made good on the damages people would still want to be my friend although I never forgave my parents for refusing to help me in any way I did learn two things first taking personal responsibility can be difficult at times but it’s also very rewarding knowing that you can handle situations yourself when you have to second I learned that parents can sometimes exploit their own children for cheap labor forcing them to perform domestic work for much less than the federally guaranteed minimum wage to this day I still don’t understand why my parents would use this opportunity to take advantage of me especially in my obvious time of need nevertheless I persevered and overcame and most importantly I did it all on my own you