A good argument is a simple numbers game with a clear winner.
A five-paragraph or a five-part argumentative essay teaches students how to present their claims clearly and confidently, while backing their views with solid evidence from literary texts and credible research materials.
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Include a concise, well-constructed thesis statement in your introductory paragraph that explains what you'll be arguing.
A thesis statement is often the last sentence in an introduction.
Create a topic sentence that clearly explains the objective for each body paragraph.
Use specific examples from reliable resources, such as academic journals, peer reviews and professional commentaries, to back your views.
Develop three distinct, yet unified, body paragraphs to support the claims in your thesis.
For example, if you're arguing that standardized tests don't accurately represent a student's academic strengths or problem-solving capabilities, one body paragraph might discuss the shortcomings of ACT and SAT tests, another might explain why some academic skills and abilities aren't represented by standardized tests and a third why some students struggle to perform well on timed tests, despite their knowledge and understanding of the material.