Argumentative: Language for Reasoning

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How you reason will make or break your argument. Here are some writing techniques to help you convince your readers of the points you are making.

  • Ethos

    Ethos highlights a person’s reputation or reliability to win the reader over.

    Use information from people or sources with credibility.

  • Pathos

    Pathos appeals to the readers’ emotions or sympathy.

    Use relatable topics and/or strong sensory details that communicate the five senses to help align your readers to your cause.

  • Logos

    Logos persuades a reader with reason and rational thinking.

    Use facts and/or statistics to build your case.

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Games should be a key part of education. Do you agree? Stance: Yes

  • Ethos

    Scholars have long appreciated and studied the integral role that games have in our learning and development. From the ancient Greek philosopher Plato, whose work has shaped much of modern Western thought, to top psychologists on human development in the 20th and 21st century.

  • Pathos

    Think back to some of the important life lessons you have learnt. Most likely, these did not come textbooks and assignments, but from other activities: playing with friends, picking up a hobby, or training for a sports match. Indeed, games, whether they be simple past times or competitive activities, are integral to our education and development of important life skills.

  • Logos

    Did you know that many key inventions we have today, from mechanisation to artificial intelligence, came about from people just wanting to have some fun? In fact, game-based learning is one of the oldest tools of education that retains its relevance till today, with games being used to top educate military officers, healthcare workers and politicians.

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