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Form: Argument Paragraph Block Method


Long Argument Paragraph Block Method (Opponent First)



To write an effective long paragraph or essay, you must begin with a solid five-sentence paragraph. Expanding it into an extended paragraph is a matter of adding details and an example to the sentences you've already written.

If you're writing about the food, you might want to talk about the types of restaurants. If you're writing about the watersports, you might mention jet skiing, scuba diving, surfing and water skiing.

After elaborating, you need to write a specific example. Again, finding specific examples is another problem students have in writing essays. Specific means one, and you need to discuss one time, one place, one event. If you're writing about food, it might be a restaurant you went to one time where you tried something you'd never had before.

If you're writing about a resort, you might write about the first time you rode a horse or went jet skiing. If you're writing about the negative effects of video games, you might write about a brother or a friend whose addiction to video games caused a problem, like falling grades.

Again, try to focus on one person, one time, one event, one place that illustrates what you are arguing.


Example of Extended Paragraph

Title


Top Bun (Topic Sentence)

This tells you what you're going to argue.
For instance, you might write, "I believe that violent video games should be banned for three reasons."



Opponent's Strongest Argument

Here you briefly summarize your opponent's main argument



Your "Rebuttal" + First Argument
Rebuttal / First Argument (Lettuce)

Here you write that you disagree with your opponent and give you first (weakest) reason

Possible Connectors




Details

Here you provide details, facts, statistics or quotes to support your first argument


Example

Here you provide a specific example that illustrates your first argument

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Your Second Argument
Second Most Important Argument (The Tomato)

This is the second most important argument of your paragraph

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Details

Here you provide details, facts, statistics or quotes to support your second argument


Example

Here you provide a specific example that illustrates your second argument

Possible Connectors






Your Most Important Argument
Most Important Argument (The Meat)

This is the most important part of your argument

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Details

Here you provide details, facts, statistics or quotes to support your most important argument


Example

Here you provide a specific example that illustrates your most important argument

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Conclusion

Conclusion (Bottom Bun)

This concludes your paragraph

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