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An argument paper is the type of paper most often assigned in college classes today as it involves a high level of critical thinking. In an argument paper, you develop your own claim about a text, or about an issue that is covered in many texts, and you back up that claim with evidence. Your claim is your thesis, and that thesis cannot be a fact or a question (although you may well begin your paper by asking a question that you answer in your paper. As is true with most forms of academic writing, the key to a good argument is development of your thesis with strong examples that you explain clearly and fully. You want to make your case to your reader; think of yourself as an attorney in a courtroom, persuading a jury that may or may not be inclined to agree with you!

The structure of an argument is traditionally three-part: an introduction in which you present your thesis and introduce any source texts important to your paper, body paragraphs in which you support your argument with specific evidence that you explain clearly and fully, and a conclusion that wraps up your paper, perhaps reiterates your thesis (though not word for word!), and leaves your reader with something to think about.

Please see below for some examples of Argument Essays written by Chabot students.

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