An Argumentative Essay
Makes claims based on factual evidence.
Makes counter-claims. The author takes opposing views into account.
Neutralizes or "defeats" serious opposing ideas.
Convinces audience through the merit and reasonableness of the claims and proofs offered.
Often compares texts or ideas to establish a position.
Argument overview, adapted from http://rpdp.net/files/ccss/ELA/ELA_9-10_Curr_Res/Writing%209-10/Writing%20Standard%201%20(9-10).pdf
A Persuasive Essay
May make claims based on opinion.
May not take opposing ideas into account.
Persuades by appealing to the audience’s emotion or by relying on the character or credentials of the writer – less on the merits of his or her reasons and evidence.
An Introduction to Argumentative Writing / Southern Nevada Regional Professional Development Program
The Writing Center: Argument (UNC Chapel Hill)
Basic Language Literacy:Writing: Argumentation and Persuasion
Argument and Persuasion: standard five part model
Types of papers: Argument
The Toulmin Model of Argument
Making the argument
Types of reasoning
Virtues of style
Logic in Argumentative Writing, Purdue Online Writing Lab
Links culled from A. Anderson Berkeley HS.