copyright 2008 by Gary L. Pullman
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Argumentation: Use reasons and appeals to emotion to convince your audience to accept your point of view or to perform an action that you recommend.
Note: Persuasion is similar to argumentation, except that argumentation’s primary technique is to advance reasons as to why the reader should agree with a point of view or take a particular action, supporting these reasons with optional, appropriate, but supplemental, appeals to emotion.
Topic: Persevere in the pursuit of your college degree
THESIS: By persevering in the pursuit of a college degree, a student will prepare for career success by acquiring needed knowledge, skills, and practice; will earn more money than a high school graduate earns; and will feel more confident about him- or herself after graduation.
Use this blank template to generate a thesis for your own argumentative essay: