Classical Argument

Write a one- to two-page (250-600 words) classical argument that defends ONE of the following claims:

  • Daytime is better than nighttime.
  • Nighttime is better than daytime.

You should include at least two reasons (two because clauses) to support your claim.

A classical argument has a self-announcing structure in which you state your claim a the end of the introduction, begin body paragraphs with clearly stated reasons, and use effective transitions to keep readers on track. You should place your most important reason last, to give it maximum impact. Make sure to summarize anticipated objections to your argument and respond to them briefly, either before or after you present your main argument.

A full description of classical argument structure, including a diagram, appears on pages 58-60 of Writing Arguments.

Due Date: Monday, September 16

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