Everyone has arguments – we just disagree with each other on everything from music, to best brands of clothing and shoes, to LGBT rights, to politics, and more. Often, when we disagree, we try to convince the other person that we are right and that they should accept our point of view. But here’s the thing. When we argue informally with others, we tend to argue from emotion, and we rarely prepare an argument based upon facts and reason.
This is not the case when a student has to write an argumentative essay. For such an essay, emotions must be set aside, and the argument must be based on factual information and logic. This usually involves research and then structuring that research into an argument that presents the points in an organized fashion.
And yes, you need a structured format. You cannot just ramble. When you approach an argumentive essay, here are the steps that will present your argument well.
You will need to do three things before you ever compose a word.
To write an essay that will be scholarly, you will absolutely need an outline. That outline will serve as the map for your writing and will keep you from getting off track and rambling.
Let’s suppose you have decided that public college education should be free. You have finished all of your research, and you are ready to structure the essay itself. Here is a formal outline for this argumentative essay, although you may want a less formal structure. The important thing is that your thoughts are organized and flow logically.
Be certain that each of these points are backed up with factual information – there is plenty out there to use. Make sure that your sources are reliable and expert.
If you have conducted the research and have the evidence, and if you follow the outline as it has been constructed, your rough draft should be very easy to write. Once it is written, you know the drill. You must edit and proofread. If you are not the best in grammar and punctuation, get some help doing that. If nothing else, read the essay out loud to yourself – you’ll catch many errors that way.
Be certain that your sources are formatted correctly.
The Final Draft is now typed and you are good to go.
To craft an argumentative piece of writing is really to write an expository essay. You have information to present in an organized fashion, you have a thesis statement that you are going to prove, and your explanation of your position will be logical and coherent.
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