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Psychology 130: Argumentative Essay

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There are numerous resources available for writing argumentative essays.  Purdue University's OWL website offers a detailed discussion. The same website also offers this basic overview of the essay and its structure:

"A common method for writing an argumentative essay is the five-paragraph approach . . . If it sounds straightforward, that is because it is; in fact, the method consists of (a) an introductory paragraph (b) three evidentiary body paragraphs that may include discussion of opposing views and (c) a conclusion."

Depending upon the specific instructions of your assignment, including a discussion of opposing views, and rebutting those views, is crucial to writing a strong argumentative essay.

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