How to Write an Argumentative Essay

How to Write an Argumentative Essay

The main function of an argumentative essay is to asset that the assumption, assertion or theory taken by the writer is more truthful than the opposing viewpoint. Basically, an argumentative essay has two opposing viewpoints. The essay should bring out both sides of the argument and give credit to the side that is more appealing. Many students often assume that an argumentative essay basically revolves around creating a hypothesis or an opinion and showing why they support the said opinion. This is not the case. Students must ensure that whichever side they take regarding an opinion, there should be substantial evidence indicating why an individual is in support of an opinion, theory or phenomenon.

Argumentative writing is the act of forming reasons, making inductions, drawing conclusions, and applying them to the case in discussion; this is coupled with a back and forth kind of argument where both sides of the argument are closely analyzed and merit given to the side that has substantial evidence in support. An argumentative essay brings out a writers ability to analyze facts based on logic rather than engaging in basic assumptions or heresy. Without analyzing both sides of the argument, one does not have an argument but rather a mere assumption regarding the subject matter. The final essay therefore is not an argumentative essay but rather an essay with unsubstantiated opinions.

How to Organize an Argumentative Essay

The first paragraph depicts the statement of assumption (thesis statement). This statement should be relevant with respect to the subject matter as well as show significance regarding which side of the argument the writer is taking.

The body of the essay is the review part where the writer analyzes both sides of the argument giving merit to the stronger side in terms of literature review. The writer is compelled or is at liberty to either analyze both sides of the argument in each paragraph of have the first few paragraphs taking one side; of the argument and the rest analyzing the opposing side of the argument.

The last paragraph simply illustrates which side is better. In this paragraph, the writer illustrates the side that he/she takes and details why the said side is better. This paragraph should never contradict the introductory paragraph which is simply an overview of the argument. Students should make sure that they revise, edit and proofread the final essay to ensure that the final essay is grammatically coherent and free of any punctuation, grammar or structural errors. Additionally, students should ensure that they pick topics that do not ere from what the readers think. Most times, you will find that readers will object to your argument. Sometimes, an essay is awarded low a low mark when a student uses imprecise concepts, when the argument in favour is almost as good as the opposing side and when the student cannot refute or discount an objection.

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Author: Debbora Strickland