Reading meticulously, planning carefully, and writing with focus combine to help you create a successful argumentative paper for AP English.
Make sure you articulate a clear position in your paper and that you stick to it from beginning to end.
Look for keywords in the prompt, and use them to determine the specific task you are being asked to perform.
Keywords are often action words such as “support,” “refute” or “qualify” that signal what kind of critical argument the prompt is asking for.
Make sure you are focusing on what the text is arguing, rather than how the text is arguing. Develop a unique argument that fulfills the prompt’s task.
This argument must question and evaluate, rather than summarize, the source text’s central arguments.After you've determined what you're going to write about, it's time to actually write the essay.In this chapter, we'll go over the different parts of the essay, from the introduction to the conclusion, and provide guidelines to help you figure out how to write effectively.Knowing how to argue effectively is a valuable skill, even when you are not at a family reunion or about to receive a speeding ticket.If you can convert literary evidence into a clear, convincing argument, you will be on your way to mastering your advanced placement English course.Create an introduction that explains why the topic is important, states your thesis, and outlines your argument.The introduction serves to spark readers’ interest in your paper and shows them what to expect from your argument.You'll learn about arguments, personal essays, and rough drafts.After completing this chapter, you should be able to: We'll look at the importance of the introductory paragraph and engaging your audience through the use of attention getters, a bridge, and an arguable thesis.Determine how the central arguments of the source text connect to the task you are required to do.Find evidence in the source text that demonstrates its central arguments.