In an argumentative essay, the writer is taking a position, or a "side," related to a topic about which opinions could vary. The position of the writer is established in the thesis statement. Then the essay presents reasons, evidence, and examples that support the writer's position.
Sometimes, the argumentative essay will also include a counter-argument. The writer will point out that some people disagree with him for a specific reason. Then, he will present evidence to refute that reason.
Examples of Argumentative Essay:
Examples of Argumentative Essays (Thesis Statements and Supporting Points)
1. High school students should be required to do community service.
a. Helps students to become well-rounded citizens.
b. A way for students to give back to their communities.
c. Looks good on college applications.
d. Counter-argument-some might claim that students should spend more time studying or participating in extra-curricular activities, but there are ways to serve the community that do not take much time, like taking canned goods to a food bank or helping once a year at a back to school supply drive.
2. Wild animals should not be bred in captivity.
a. Animals do not thrive long-term in captivity.
b. Places like zoos and animal-themed amusement parks should focus on housing animals that are too sick or injured to survive in the wild.
c. No man-made habitat can mirror what animals have in the wild.
d. Counter-argument-places that breed animals in captivity help to educate the public on wild animal species. However, there are plenty of animals who are sick or injured that these places could house, and the general public could learn from these animals.
Persuasive Speech Examples
Andrew Wiles Facts
When I started my first job as a professional newspaper reporter (This job also served as an internship during my junior year in college — I just didn’t leave for about 6 years.), I quickly realized that all my experience, and all my years of journalism education had not been enough to help me write stories about drug busts, fatal car accidents and tornadoes. All the theoretical work I’d done, and all of the nifty little scholastic and collegiate stories I had done, did not prepare me for real world writing.
At that point, I had to find a solution quickly. After all, I had a deadline to meet, and it was only a few hours away.
One of my colleagues, who also served as a mentor, had the solution. She introduced me to the newspaper’s “morgue.” This was a room filled with filing cabinets in which we kept old — dead — stories arranged by reporter. Whenever I wasn’t’ sure how to write a story, all I had to do was check the morgue for similar stories. If I needed to write a story about a local drug bust, for example, I’d find another story on a similar incident, study its structure, and mentally create a formula in which to plugin the information I’d gathered.
Once I’d gained more experience, and had internalized the formula for that particular type of story, I felt free to branch out as the situation — and my training — warranted.
I do the same thing when I want to write a type of letter, brochure, or report that I’ve never written before.
This is what writing looks like in the real world.
Research by “Write Like This” author Kelly Gallagher indicates that if we want students to grow as writers, we need to provide them with good writing to read, study, and emulate. My personal experience backs this up, as does the old adage “all writing is rewriting,” oft quoted by everyone from LA screenwriters to New York Times bestselling authors.
Of course, if you’re a new teacher like me, there is one problem with providing mentor texts to my students: I have a dearth of middle school level writing sitting around in my file cabinets.
Fortunately, the Internet is full of sources, so I scoured the bowels of Google to find examples. I know how busy you are, so I’m sharing.
Expository writing examples for middle school
Below are several sources of expository writing samples for middle school students.
Finally, here is an article in the New York Times that will help you teach your students real-world expository writing skills.
Descriptive writing examples for middle school
Narrative writing examples for middle school
Argumentative/persuasive writing examples for middle school
Reflective writing examples for middle school
If you know of any other online writing example sources, please feel free to share them in the comments below.
I am a secondary English Language Arts teacher, a University of Oklahoma graduate student, and a NBPTS candidate. I am constantly seeking ways to amplify my students’ voices and choices.
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