DAY 10

Bootcamp
Argumentative Writing

Get to work with a pen and some paper in today's essay writing bootcamp where we help you get in shape for the exam.

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USE THE RIGHT EXAMPLES

Last week, you learnt how to plan out your essay points using the expectations versus reality framework. In further developing your essays, it is important to use examples that will convince your reader of your stand. This is especially crucial for argumentative writing. 

Unconvincing

Your examples are

Subjective: from a partial, non-credible opinion

Personal: based on individual experiences that may not be indicative of broader realities 

Convincing

Your examples are

Factual: based on verifiable evidence

Objective: from a balanced, reliable source that surveys a wider range of experiences 

USE THE RIGHT EXAMPLES

EXAMPLE

“Eco-friendly clothing is the need of the hour.” Do you agree?

Point: Fashion companies have started pivoting towards sustainable fashion. 

Unconvincing

I have been seeing more second-hand stores around as compared to five years ago. 

Convincing

Patagonia’s Worn Wear initiative repairs customers’ apparel to help them buy less. Other brands such as H&M and Uniqlo have followed suit with similar schemes. 

USE THE RIGHT EXAMPLES

It is often said that people are too concerned with getting things and spending money. Do you agree?

2017 O Level English Paper 1 Question 3

Unconvincing

1. Agree

People often buy clothes that they wear only once, resulting in a lot of wasted money and clothes that end up thrown away or collecting dust. 

2. Agree

My father is quite particular about the quality of his belongings, and makes sure to upgrade to the latest iPhone whenever it releases.

Convincing

According to the National Environment Agency, the amount of textile waste in Singapore doubled from 2009 to 2018.

A study done by Counterpoint, a research company that specialises in electronics consumption, showed that an average mobile phone user replaces their phone once every 21 months. At the same time, smartphones can last an average of 3 years.