One of the most common essay assignments students encounter in academia is the argument essay. In order to establish whether your argument is a solid claim grounded in logic, take some time to annotate your paper. When annotating your argument, you should take notes in a systematic way to uncover details about each aspect of your paper. You can do this by analyzing the following elements of your work: strength of thesis, classical appeals, order of arguments and rebuttal -- recognizing the other side -- and placement of rhetorical strategies.
How to Annotate in Argumentative Writing
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To annotate is to actively engage a text by pausing to reflect, mark up, and add notes as you read. The simplest ways to annotate include marking up the text by highlighting, underlining, bracketing, or placing symbols in the text or the margins, but simply highlighting is insufficient. Most textbooks are organized in similar ways, with chapters, sections, headings, visuals, and activities. Use this structure to help you break down the content in manageable chunks and to look for important concepts, facts, key terms, and theories contained within the text. Look for any sidebars and special features, and be sure to complete any practice questions or activities. One great way to annotate a textbook is to create your own study questions based on the reading.
Reading and Study Strategies
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