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Writing Workshop- The Purpose of Government

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The introduction of an argumentative essay must include

a claim.

What is the last step to creating an argumentative essay?

revising

To create the proper tone for an argumentative essay, writers should

focus on the evidence.

Which statement is an example of an effective claim for an argumentative essay?

The primary role of federal government is to offer services that citizens cannot provide for themselves

To create the proper style for an argumentative essay, writers should

delete personal "I" statements

Read this introduction to an argumentative essay about government.

An effective system of government protects its citizens. The purpose of government is to ensure the safety of the nation and its residents. While other concerns such as economic growth are important, a government’s primary duty is to keep its people safe. Without the concern of defense or self-protection, individuals are able to live in security.

Which sentence states the main argument of the essay?

the second sentence

Read this outline for an argumentative essay about government.

1. People have different ideas about the role of government.
A. The primary purpose of government is to protect its citizens.

2. Government should protect citizens from foreign and domestic threats.
A. The country faces threats from other nations, terrorists, and criminals.
B. The military can provide a strong defense at home and abroad.
C. The police and other government agencies keep citizens safe locally.
D. Some people believe social services are more important than defense,
but citizens cannot survive without protection and security.

3. Government’s main role is to provide protection via the military and other agencies.

The underlined sentence in the outline is the

conclusion.

How does a counterclaim help support a position in an argumentative essay?

The counterclaim shows how the opposing opinion is incorrect.

An effective claim for an argumentative essay is

precise and knowledgeable.

Which statement best describes the conclusion of an argumentative essay?

The conclusion ties the essay together and tells readers what they have learned and should take away.

Read this excerpt from the body paragraph of an argumentative essay.

Jefferson offers the best description of the purpose of government. It exists to aid in the well-being of both the nation and its citizens.

Why is this excerpt an example of a strong argument?

It includes a clear topic sentence and provides effective support

Read this outline for an argumentative essay about government.

1. People have different ideas about the role of government.
A. The primary purpose of government is to provide social services.

2. Government should provide services for people who are poor or elderly.
A. Government can effectively provide the services that poor and elderly people need.
B. Food stamps keep people from going hungry.
C. Medicare and Medicaid provide health care.
D. Some people believe social services are an entitlement and not a right,
but many people could not survive without them.

3. Government’s main role is provide to social services, such as food stamps.

The underlined sentence in the outline is the

claim.

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