The Argumentative Trail
- Instructor: Dr. Molly Olsen
- Department: Hispanic and Latin American Studies
- Topic: Writing, Writing Fundamentals
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I’m Molly Olsen from the Department of Hispanic and Latin American Studies and the subject of this microtheme is argumentative trail. The argumentative trail is the path along which you lead your reader as you develop the main argument of your essay. In your introduction, you’ll want to explain to your reader why you are about to embark on this journey and give a sense of what to expect along the way. But don’t give away everything at the very beginning. Remember, the essay is supposed to be a journey of discovery. As you move along the argumentative trail of your essay, point out significant elements and explain their relevance. Now and again remind your reader why you are on this trail so that she doesn’t lose sight of the main argument, and beware when you reach the end of the trail, your conclusions shouldn’t simply restate your introduction. That would mean having traveled in a circle going nowhere and the essay is supposed to be a forward moving journey of discovery. That’s an argumentative trail. (Spanish that I cannot spell) Good luck, and write well.