In an argumentative essay, you want to convince someone to agree with your idea or opinion, using research-based evidence.
Writing an argumentative essay is a skill that anyone in school needs to know, though it can be useful outside of the classroom, as well. With today's Common Core standards, learning to write an essay that intelligently proves your point is an essential part of your education.
You will need to select solid argumentative essay topics that you can work with, create an argumentative essay outline and write, revise, and polish before you turn the argumentative essay in. It’s worth checking out an argumentative essay sample or two, just so you have a good idea of how the whole thing works. You can learn a lot from what other people have already done.
Choosing Argumentative Essay Ideas
As you look at argumentative essay examples, you’ll notice that there is a specific argumentative essay structure that is followed. It’s easiest to work with this structure if you choose easy argumentative essay topics.
Good argumentative essay topics are interesting and relatively easy to defend. They should fit into your argumentative essay outline fairly easily and will be something you can write on without doing ridiculous amounts of research. You don’t necessarily need to know everything about the topic, but having some base knowledge will help you as you do your research and write the essay.
Ideally, you’ll select interesting argumentative essay topics to work with, which will keep your writing fresh and on point. It’s difficult to write on a topic you don’t enjoy, so selecting one that you can really get into will show in your work.
How to Write an Argumentative Essay
It’s helpful to look at a good argumentative essay example to get some ideas before you begin. This section will show you how to write an argumentative essay that will wow your teachers.
Before you even get started on the actual essay, take some time to create an argumentative essay outline. This will help you follow proper argumentative essay structure and can be useful for ensuring that your work stays on track and makes sense. An outline is an essential part of any essay writing process.
If you find it difficult to create your own outline, an argumentative essay template may come in handy for structuring the essay. A template will include everything you need to get started, including the format, so you just need to fill in the blanks with your own information.
How to Start an Argumentative Essay
The argumentative essay introduction is where you present your topic and your thesis. It should include a hook in the first few sentences. A hook will grab the reader's attention and keep them reading.
Once you've laid the basis of the argumentative essay topic out for the reader, give them a bit of background information to clarify things.
What is the issue you're addressing? Why should anyone care? Where is the issue prevalent? What is your opinion on the topic and why do you feel that way? The answer to this final question will be your thesis, or what you will try to convince the reader of throughout your essay.
Your topic should be something you know is debatable and this can be mentioned in the intro. The first paragraph, according to good argumentative essay format, should include your main point or thesis statement.
As you state your thesis, make sure it is concise and use confident language to write it out. You should summarize your rational, ethical and emotional supporting arguments here. Keep in mind that the opening paragraph should only be a few sentences long in most cases, so keep it concise.
Develop Your Argument
By this point in the argumentative essay example, it's obvious what the point of the essay is, but you have not yet convinced the reader. You need to develop your argument. Each body paragraph should contain a topic sentence introducing a claim, which should support your thesis statement. You may have as few as one claim, but it's a good idea to aim for at least three or four supporting arguments.
Argumentative essay prompts are handy for helping you think more deeply about your chosen topic and will allow you to work on creating
Just stating something doesn't make it fact, so you also need to present evidence in favour of your opinion. Your own personal experience does not stand as a reputable source, so look for scientific studies and government resources to help back up your claims. Statistics and specific data can also be helpful as you argue your main point.
Look at the Opposing Viewpoint
In order to truly convince readers of your point of view, the argumentative essay must also look at the opposing views. What do those on the other side of the issue have to say? Acknowledge these views and refute them with facts, quotes, statistics or logic. The more evidence you have, the better your essay will be.
It's not enough to simply disagree with another point of view or opinion. If you really want to get people to see things your way, you need to convince them with evidence and facts. This requires some research and possibly a little creative thinking. If you’ve chosen a good topic, however, it will be obvious what the opposite view is.
Most argumentative essay prompts will have you cover opposing views in the second or third body paragraph, but it can be used as the intro to the body, as well, with your point at the end. Include every source in your reference section so the reader can double check the evidence for themselves.
Create a Conclusion
Finally, every argumentative essay example finishes with a conclusion. Yours will do the same. Restate your main points and cover the basics of the supporting evidence once more. This is essentially a summary of your entire argument. How has the argument evolved throughout the paper? Give the reader a brief look back over everything.
Before you sign off on your essay, restate your topic and stress the importance of your opinion. Keep this part to one or two paragraphs at the most, since it is simply a recap of the previous points.
If you have done your job and written a convincing argumentative essay, your reader will now either be completely on your side or thinking seriously about their views on your topic. This is the end goal, to shake up those beliefs and help others see your point of view. Doing this in a calm, professional manner will work far better than being too passionate. Use lots of examples and reputable sources to give solid evidence for your side of things and you’ll see good results.
Polish and Revise
Once your essay has been written, it's time to polish it. Go back over the whole essay and look for any spelling or grammatical errors. You should also keep an eye out for pieces that can be better written or tightened up to make better sense.
Now, it's up to the reader to make up their mind. If you've done a good job, they will see things your way and your essay will be a success.
Using a template for your argumentative essay can also help you work through the essay faster and ensures you'll meet common core standards and improve your essay writing skills. Choose a great topic, use prompts and a template and you’ll have a winning argumentative essay by the end.
– Robyn Louw
They say Ginger Rogers did everything Fred Astaire did, except backwards and in high heels. Someone who is doing the same in the SA training ranks is Candice Robinson, who has just become our first lady trainer to saddle a July winner.
Saturday, 1 July 2017 was one for the history books when the littlest horse, with the biggest weight and the tallest jockey, stormed to victory for Candice Robinson, having her first go at the July under her own name. If that isn’t impressive enough, Marinaresco did it with the same jockey as Pocket Power, carrying the same famous silks for part-owner Marsh Shirtliff and with dad Mike Bass owning a share in the horse, it is likely the first time a trainer saddled a July winner for their father too !
We caught up with Candice Robinson the day after the big race and found her taking a few moments to grab an ice-cream and a few moments of quiet (well, until we showed up anyway) on the Durban promenade.
“No, no,” she protests when we apologise for the intrusion. “I’m just relaxing for a few minutes. We’re all a bit tired. It just hasn’t stopped!” While one might be forgiven for thinking she meant the victory celebrations, she explains, “My poor mother is sick with food poisoning, plus she fell on her way to the winner’s enclosure. She landed on her hip and now she can hardly walk. It’s been a bit of a nightmare, actually. Never a dull moment!” she exasperates good naturedly and somehow makes it all sound like a light-hearted adventure rather than additional pressure on top of what must have been an incredibly long and nerve-wracking day.
What’s it like waking up as the latest July winning trainer? “I’m just trying to catch up on all the messages and Facebook posts,” she admits. “There have been a million messages from far and wide. People have come out of the woodwork that we haven’t heard from for years.” Noting that one is always overwhelmed by the number of friends and acquaintances that you know are out there, but who one doesn’t necessarily hear from or contact on a regular basis until big occasions like this, she agrees readily. “It’s quite nice actually. One forgets.”
“I had a feeling all three would run well. Last Thursday after the sprint up, they all just looked unbelievably well and fit. They looked spot on. It was difficult for me to think which one would finish in front of the other. They really peaked at the right time. I must say Robert (Fayd’herbe) did a great job and a lot of praise must go to him – it’s not easy to deal with the pressure. I think he took a fair amount of criticism with Marinaresco and I think a lot of people wrote him off after his last run, but he was just spot on for Saturday and he ran accordingly.”
Much has been made about it being Candice’s first season and her first July under her own name as well as the additional provenance of running Marinaresco in the famous pink, white and blue that Bernard Fayd’herbe and Pocket Power carried to victory for her father’s string back in 2008, but it’s particularly special that Mike Bass owns a share in Marinaresco. “They are coming up with all sorts of stats, I don’t know where they get them from, but I think it must be the first time anybody has trained a July winner for their father. I said to him afterwards, ‘I trained a winner for you today, Dad’ which was nice. I was really happy for him.”
All in all it was a real family affair as Bass Racing is very much a team effort between Mike, Carol, Candice and Mark and there is another bit of provenance with assistant trainer Robert Fayd’herbe being jockey Bernard Fayd’herbe’s brother.
And of course there’s the small matter of Candice being the first lady trainer to saddle a July winner. “They are saying I am the first. I wouldn’t know, but according to the general opinion out there I am. I think it’s quite nice for us ladies for a change,” she says proudly.
Asked how the horses have pulled up from the race, she reports that Marinaresco has a bit of a swollen eye, “He must have got hit by a clod, but he’ll be fine. It was a bit of a late night last night, so I haven’t been out to check on them yet myself, but Robert is there and as long as they are eating, they’re fine. We’ll trot them up and check them all thoroughly in the afternoon.”
The July is a bit of a scrum – what were her thoughts as she watched the race unfold? “They turn for home and it’s just a mad dash. It was quite difficult having three horses to watch. I started watching Nightingale first, with her black colours – she was probably the best placed in the race, really – so I had my eye on her. Then I was watching Marinaresco until Bernard switched him in and got behind the other two horses, so I stopped watching him and went back to Nightingale. Then I saw Horizon coming – he’d turned for home last and was coming down the outside – so I could see the two of them and was shouting for them and didn’t actually see Marinaresco on the inside. All of us sitting around the table – my mom, myself, Marsh and my dad – none of us realised he’d popped up. We only saw it for the first time on the slow motion replay,” she laughs. “I had to watch it over and over a few times for it to actually sink in!”
Little Horse, Big Heart
Bred by Mauritzfontein Stud by Maine Chance Farms’ champion sire Silvano out of the Fort Wood mare, Gay Fortuna, the little horse has quite an interesting name, which was kindly explained by Guy Murdoch. Fortuna is the Roman goddess of Fortune and is often depicted holding a ship’s rudder. Marinaresco is the Italian word for sailor. Marinaresco stopped the clock for the 2200m trip in 132.51 and Candice was full of praise for jockey Bernard Fayd’herbe. “Bernard rode a great race and that’s exactly how Marinaresco wants to be ridden. He likes to be left alone early and sit quite far back, sneak up a few positions and then switch off a little bit. He has an unbelievable turn of foot, which he has when ridden like that, and that’s him. With his run in the Gold Challenge we just did the wrong thing, and trying to keep him close to the pace over a mile, I think it was just too much. But in a way, maybe it wasn’t a bad thing and Bernard knew exactly how to ride him this time round.”
Marinaresco seemed to take all the big day hype in his stride and didn’t look the least bit perturbed by any of the post-race formalities. He hadn’t broken a sweat and didn’t even look out of breath. “He was very relaxed and so chilled the whole day,” notes Candice. “He was quiet to saddle, quiet in the ring – everything. He was like ‘I’ve got it. I know what I’m here for.’ He’s just an amazing, amazing little horse.” Marinaresco is the first horse since Pocket Power to win carrying top weight, she reflects, “It’s all sorts of little details like that that make it so special. It’s a big feat for a little horse like that. I don’t think people realise just how much. For the size he is to carry top weight and there were some pretty well-weighted horses in the race this year. It’s usually won by the best handicapped horse, that’s what the July is all about. It just makes it all the more special.”
Commenting that they are in danger of needing a new plaque to match Pocket Power’s one at the front door of their yard, she agrees. “He’s like the little mini Pocket Power!”
Meant To Be?
It seems a little unfair to enquire if there are any definite future plans for Marinaresco yet and asked whether he has done enough for the season or might have another run before coming home Candice says they are still undecided. “I won’t say definitely not. We’ll possibly look at the Champions Cup, but we’ll just have to wait and see.” After that it will be back to Cape Town to prepare for the Cape ‘Summer of Champions’. We’ll probably go the usual route of the L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate, the Green Point and the Met again,” she says.
Of course it could all have been quite different. Fortunately – or unfortunately, depending on one’s point of view – plans for Marinaresco to join a proposed export consignment to America at the end of the 2017 Cape summer season fell flat. “He was supposed to go overseas, but they couldn’t fill up the plane and then there was an AHS issue, o he stayed.” And perhaps, like so many things in racing, it’s all worked out as it should.
This year’s July produced a blanket finish with the first 8 runners all crossing the line within 2 lengths of each other and while it is hard not to focus on the winner, it should also be noted that all Candice’s runners did her proud. Anthony Delpech on the gallant Nightingale crossed the line less than half a length back to deadheat for fourth with Krambambuli and Richard Fourie and Horizon were only a fraction of a length behind them in fifth spot. As first attempts at the July go, it was the most incredible performance.
Wife, mother, devoted daughter, human to very demanding Chihauhau named George, serious top level dressage rider, boss of one of the most competitive racing strings in the country and now the first lady trainer to saddle a Vodacom Durban July winner – in her very first season – is there anything Candice Robinson can’t do?