How to Write an Argumentative Essay

How to Write an Argumentative Essay
If you're writing an essay, the key to ensuring it is convincing is to present a strong argument and support it with strong evidence. However, if you want to take your essay to the next level you really need to present both sides of the argument, supporting evidence for both sides and then use your own viewpoint, knowledge and resources to challenge one or either of these arguments before coming to a conclusion. In this way you are presenting an argumentative essay, and applying your own theory, rather than simply relying on the facts already presented by others.
In order to write an argumentative essay, firstly, you should ensure that your title allows for argument. This is generally fairly easy to do particularly if you create a fairly open-ended title, or one containing the words 'discuss', 'evaluate' or 'critique'. Once you have decided upon your title, you should then start to research the topic in question, ensuring that you look at every possible side of the argument, and bear in mind that there could be and normally are more than two sides to every argument. Your research should involve various sources, for example, literature reviews, interviews, and press or journal publications. And collating all of this information should provide you with a sound background to all of the relevant arguments.

When inputting all of this information into your argumentative essay you need to decide how you wish to present it. There are two main methods of doing this; the first is to present all of the arguments in one direction and then counteract that with all of the arguments favouring another direction. You can then summarise or conclude either at the end of each section or at the end of the entire essay, drawing together the arguments and giving your final opinion. However an alternative approach to take is to argue one particular point at a time, and present the countering arguments individually, so that your essay is a series of smaller topics discussed from all points of view. This demonstrates a good understanding of the topics and can allow for more intricate debate of the issues.

One of the most important parts of any essay is the conclusion, and in an essay that has debated or discussed a subject with strong argument it is much easier to draw a conclusion, and this will most likely fall on the side that presents the strongest argument.

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