Use of this site constitutes acceptance of our terms and conditions of fair use.Summary: The Modes of Discourse—Exposition, Description, Narration, Argumentation (EDNA)—are common paper assignments you may encounter in your writing classes.Is the conclusion merely repetitive, or does it synthesize ideas, suggest new directions of thought, re-evaluate the introductory statements? (Argument) Has any significant aspect of the question been neglected? (Argument) Is there any point where the paper tends to fall from the level of analysis to the level of observation? If so, choose one and explain how it might be clarified and/or better supported. (Evidence) Select the best phrases, paragraphs, and/or ideas in the paper.
Next the author should explain why the topic is important (exigence) or why readers should care about the issue.
Lastly, students should present the thesis statement.
Although these genres have been criticized by some composition scholars, the Purdue OWL recognizes the wide spread use of these approaches and students’ need to understand and produce them.
: Some confusion may occur between the argumentative essay and the expository essay.
Please write extensive comments either on your workshop partner's draft where applicable or on this handout.
If you need more room, continue writing on the back of this page.The structure of the argumentative essay is held together by the following.In the first paragraph of an argument essay, students should set the context by reviewing the topic in a general way.Thesis clearly states a significant and compelling position. Well developed main points directly related to the thesis. Refutation acknowledges opposing view logically and clearly. Sentences are strong and expressive with varied structure. EMBEDDED_PAGE = false; PBSLM.eloqua = PBSLM.eloqua