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Sample Argumentative Essays

Published: 03.06.2014, Updated: 05.03.2017
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When learning to write in different genres, studies show that students benefit enormously from studying sample texts. Thus reading sample texts to recognize the idiosyncratic traits of specific genres, could be a good strategy for improving text and writing competence.


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Below you will find a collection of sample argumentative essays. The essays we link to are not all good examples of argumentative texts. However, your students might find it rewarding to analyze and discuss these essays in class. What is it that makes one essay better than the other? How can the essays be strengthened? The students could use a rubric assessment form to enhance their learning on writing argumentative texts.

The essays having the names of the students that actually wrote them, are all well written essays marked 5 or 6. These essays also have a commented version, where the teacher has assessed the students' work.

Before you discuss the sample essays, your students should be familiar with argumentative writing. See Argumentative Essays and How to Write a Five Paragraph Essay.


Argumentative Essays

Sample Essays 

Two Sample SAT Essays – Up Close

Two Sample SAT Essays – Up Close 

Graded Argumentative Essays

The Necessity of Immigration Reform  

Racial Inequality in the US 

Annotated Argumentative Essays

Annotated Essay: The Necessity of Immigration ReformForfatter: Anne Mette Raanås, Juni Kim 

Annotated Essay: Racial Inequality in the USForfatter: Anne Mette Raanås, Eirin Birgitte Aagenes