Writing Argumentative Essay


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In today’s English Language class, We will work on our Writing as we look into  Arguementative Essays. We hope you enjoy the class!


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WRITING: Argumentative Essay


  • The definition of an argumentative essay.
  • Reasons for argumentative essays.
  • Things to know about argumentative essays:

An argumentative essay is one that requires a student to present a subject with a view to persuading his/her reader to agree with his/her own point of view against another one. However, we should note that all forms of debate are argumentative essays but not all argumentative essays are debates. In a debate, the writer knows the audience as well as the setting.


On the other hand, in argumentative essays (that are not debates) the writer just writes out the topic, underlined it and presents his/her view without addressing anybody.

An argument may be developed for the following reasons:

  • to prove a point
  • to present a viewpoint
  • to balance the two sides of an issue.

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Note that:

  • A vocative is compulsory in a debate, i.e. the writer should recognize the presence of the members of the audience e.g. The Chairman; Panel of Judges; Co-debaters; Ladies and Gentlemen e.t.c.
  • In an ordinary argumentative essay (not a debate), no audience is indicated and no vocative is necessary.


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Evaluation: You have been invited to participate in an Inter-School debate Competition to speak for or against the topic “Corruption is Worse than Armed Robbery”. Write out your Contribution.


Reference: Countdown English by Ogunsanwo

Reading Assignment: Read Creative and Guided Composition for Senior Classes by C.O. Odetola, page3 -14.



Use a better word to replace the words ‘got’ and ‘walked’ in the following expressions.

She got a bad cold yesterday.

Hannah got a prize.

They got married at last.

The angry little girl walked out of the room.

The thief walked into the house through the unlocked door.


Weekend Assignment: Do practice exercise fourteen, question 2 (1-20) on pages 64 and 65 of English Grammar by P.O. Olatunbosun.



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