A Brief Introduction to Thesis-Driven Essays and Argumentation

To some extent all of the writing that we do presents some type of argument.  However, thesis-driven essays, which are what the majority of college essays are, have very specific guidelines for presenting arguments.  All of the writing that we will be doing for the rest of the semester will be thesis-driven and will involve the presentation of some type of argument.  For our midterm exam, you will be writing an argumentative essay in response to a reading.  There are two purposes for the midterm exam:  1/ to give you practice writing an argumentative essay and 2/to prepare you for the final exam.  Some additional information and resources related to thesis-based argumentative writing are below: