DEFINITION: An argumentative essay uses reasoning, logic, and evidence—not emotion—to take a definitive stand on a controversial or debatable issue. The essay explores two sides of a topic and proves why one side or position is the best.
SAMPLE OUTLINE (USING STRATEGY #1)
SOCIAL MEDIA’S DANGERS TO SOCIETY
Thesis: While many believe social networking sites are increasing Americans’ ability to work together and communicate, in reality, these sites are eroding social customs and disintegrating relationships between peers, family members, and co-workers.
- Americans’ overuse of social media sites is complicating both peer relationships and dating relationships [Topic Sentence-Claim 1].
- Relationship statistics
- 2012 research study- Facebook
- 57% of teens- online fight
- 85%-misinterpreted messages from friends
iii. online breakups
- Online bullying statistics
- Not only are peer relationships negatively affected by this dependence on sites like Facebook, family relationships are also under attack [Topic Sentence-Claim 2].
- 60%- families and technology at dinner table
- Too much time on devices; little family time
- Negative communication about family
- Girl criticizes family on Facebook, father shoots laptop
- Boy accuses falsely accuses father of abuse; police called
III. Lastly, relationships between co-workers and between employees and employers are facing new challenges as a result of social media sites [Topic Sentence –Claim 3].
- Work relationships
- Distractions at work
- Ethical behavior at work
- “sick days”
- Posting on Facebook results in firing
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