Are you wondering how to write an argumentative essay? You are not alone! Many students face this predicament at some point in their college life. Arguments happen daily in life. Surprisingly, you may not have the skills to argue your points convincingly even when they are weighty. However, some people are richly talented and can argue convincingly even the weakest points. But that shouldn’t deter you or make you coil back in defeat. We are here to help at StudyCleark.
Below, are tips that can help you come up with techniques that will see you argue convincingly even the weakest points.
1. Step 1: Prepare
In most cases, students are given a topic to argue for or against. It may not be one that’s very dear to them. But, whatever the case, prior preparation is vital. The title can lead you to know whether to argue for or against. However, you need sufficient information to help you argue against it or for it. Moreover, you may find out that your stand does not have super broad information.
Note: Argument isn’t about the number of points! It’s how best you can argue the points at hand even if they are just two.
2. Step 2: Consider the Human Emotions
In any argument, what is mostly tested is your ability to trigger the emotional part of your audience? Got it? Yes! Do you want them to cry, feel sad, laugh, get angry or what? Once you understand the feeling you want to stimulate, then hurrah! Let’s take one of the examples of argumentative essays; “the environment.” Cause them to get angry about the much pollution, by letting them know how they and their entire family are adversely impacted as a result. As a writer, you should wear the feeling you want to trigger in your readers throughout the writing period.
3. Step 3. Construct an Appealing Structure
Haven’t you heard this saying, “the first impression matters a lot?” It doesn’t only apply in dressing and meeting new people but also in essay writing. Classical Argument structure is commonly used in these essays. It comprises of 5 parts as illustrated below
If you want your audience to get hooked, introduce your topic without first taking any stand. Use words that will assist in winning their trust. Inform them all they need to know about the topic. Lay a foundation that neither you nor they have room to take any stand. Then when you know you have drawn their attention, now shoot your stand unexpectedly. It’s called a thesis statement. It will leave them with questions such as why? What? So far, you have successfully triggered a desire to read more. Next?
At this stage, you need to summarize different information from various authors relating to the argument. Help readers know different people’s discussion concerning the issue and the circumstances that forced them to argue.
Now pour out your argument from the strongest point to the weakest. Let the points support your thesis statement. And be sure to provide evidence for each one of them to clear all doubts.
Look at other authors’ points that oppose your claims even as you expect views from the audience most of which will be objections if you have succeeded in convincing them.
After you have squeezed all information related to your argument, why not begin parking as you conclude. Summarize what you have already said without adding any new information.
Time to Polish Up
It’s natural to have some grammar and typing mistakes especially if emotions carried you through. Go back to where you started. Now read aiming to trace these mistakes. Read word by word, slowly from the beginning to the end as you correct them.
Argument vs. Persuasion
Be sure not to write a persuasive essay instead of an argumentative one. They are different ideas mostly confused by students. In an argument essay, you explain that which you believe to be true and argue for it. In a persuasive essay, the writer tries to convince the readers to think otherwise. So you must first establish what they believe and try to persuade them to change it. With these tips, I believe you are well equipped to successfully write an argumentative essay. Also, you now know what argumentative vs. persuasive is all about.