What is an Argument?

Argument Clinic

Contradiction?

Claims, reasons and evidence.

Michelle Obama Speech

What argument is she making?

How does she build Ethos?

How does she use pathos?

How does she use logos?

Research Argument Topics

These are very general topics to consider. For our project, we will be arguing solutions to problems. The problems can be from the list below.

  • Legalize Drugs
  • Rap Lyrics promote sexism
  • Gun Laws
  • Universal Health Care
  • Planned Parenthood
  • Death Penalty
  • Miss Information
  • Protesting
  • Freedom of Speech
  • Gas taxes
  • Border Wall
  • Make drugs illegal
  • Marijuana Laws
  • Trump
  • Same-sex marriage
  • Trans Bathrooms
  • Free College
  • Trains vs Autos
  • Animal Testing
  • Participation Trophies
  • Prostitution should be legal
  • Homework is good or bad?
  • Try minors as adults
  • Driving age raised
  • Drinking age lowered
  • Paternity Leave

Famous Arguments

Martin Luther King’s I have a Dream Speech

Is his speech successful?

How does he build Ethos?

Where does he use Pathos?

Identify uses of Logos.

The Danger of a Single Story

Novelist Chimamanda Adichie tells a story about how she found her authentic voice and warns against a single story.

Where did she use Ethos, Logos, and Pathos? How persuasive is she?