The first set of assigned pages discusses the differences between creating an argumentative essay and creating supportive thesis. With an argumentative essay there are four main parts: thesis, evidence, refutation, and conclusion. You should generally have three supporting paragraphs and be more than prepared to argue the opposing side of the argument. First reading assignment gives a good example about whether or not college students should have to take foreign language and then argues that college students already have too many classes to take as it is. Moreover, the evidence is the most important because it shows that you have done your research on the topic, and you are prepared to convince someone that what you are arguing is true. Also, it is imperative that everything on your writing should be objective and comprehensive.
The second set of the assignment talks about what makes an argumentative essay true and easy to believe. Your essay must contain the following steps in order to be the most factual and true; accuracy, credibility objectivity, currency, and comprehensiveness. Accuracy is important because it assesses the truthfulness of the information. Credibility makes it easy to believe the information. With credibility you, you must often see the publisher, the date, the author, and the sources cited. Objectivity is necessary because it highlights the ability to acknowledge bias and eliminate it. Comprehensiveness is important on writing an argumentative paper because not everyone is at the same reading level. An essay need to contain factual information, yet should be written in such a way that anyone who reads it should be easy to understand.
The main point or message from reading both sets of passages is that when writing an argumentative essay, it is important to contain the four elements of structure of the essay as well as the five elements of factuality of the essay in order to be sure that it is an essay worthy of being called an argumentative paper.