Writing an Argumentative/Persuasive Essay

A brief summary on how to write an 

Argumentative/Persuasive Essay

Format 

Introduction: 

Definition of topic or issue

 Present view/take a stand

Body:   

Paragraph 1:     first argument to support view

Paragraph 2:    second reason to support view

Paragraph 3:    third reason to support vie     

Conclusion:    

Restating of view/stand 

Details

Transitional words

(used to link points and add similar,

additional and contrasting points)

Similar/additional points

–       Moreover

–       Besides

–       In addition

–       Similarly

–       Likewise

–       For example

Contrasting points

–       However

–       Firstly

–       Secondly

–       Finally

–       On the other hand

–       Although

Expressions to use

1.Write a composition of about 350 words on one of the following topics. 

The various programmes for turtle conservation should be carried on.

Do you agree or disagree?

ANSWER

Suggested Structure:

Introduction

Explain the logistics of a turtle conservation programme

i.e. what is being done.

State your stand for or against such a programme.

Body

Agree –                 

A unique species of animals –

give facts as example;

part of the ecosystem,

so cannot do without it;

plays an important role in nature –

controls jellyfish population.

Stop practices of eating and selling parts of turtle and its eggs;

Preserve the species for future generations.

Revenue as a source of income for the nation

Four species of sea turtles in the world can be found nesting on Malaysian:

the olive-ridley turtle,

the hawksbill turtle,

the green turtle and

the leatherback turtle.

Disagree   –    

A lot of money spent.

A lot of manpower needed.

Waste of time and effort –

could be spent on helping poor people.

A matter of survival of the fittest –

if cannot survive, make way for stronger species. 

Conclusion –  

End your composition by reaffirming your stand.

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