Argumentative writing is to taking a stand on a debatable issue, persuading others to see things your way, and persuading others to take action. It has some closely related fields: business negotiations, consulting, debate, management, sales and marketing, public speaking, law and leadership. If you want to be successful and a leader in your field, you will want to develop your skills in argumentative writing.
Argumentative writing is also a common type of assignment in school, though few students handle it well, because they often pick a topic they have not thought much about, and without enough material to argue their way through, they end up restating the same point over and over. The essay becomes one long repetition.
If you have more than one essay option, choose a topic you are familiar with. However, you don't always have that option, especially in an essay exam. This is why you need to read extensively and keep up with current events: The more you understand the world, the more topics you can write about.
The followig are some tips to organize your essay a little better and argue effectively:
1. State clearly what the issue is.
2. State your position in the thesis statement.
3. Support your position with sound arguments supported by details or examples.
4. Anticipate and respond to your readers' objections or concerns.
5. Conclude cogently.
Besides the above tips, you should also keep the following in your mind when writing argumentation:
1. You can state your position after you weigh the pros and cons. However, many beginners find it easier to state it in the opening paragraph.
2. You can cite various forms of evidence to support your argument, including anecdotes, statistics and testimonies from authorities.
3. To come up with good arguments for your essay, you need to think critically.
4. Avoid strong language that may put off readers with opposing views. The following statements will keep readers from reading your essays:
1. Anyone who knows anything about skating would put Tom ahead of Mike.
2. Premarital sex is unnecessary, immoral, and unhealthy. We need to defeat lust.
One final important note: arguing does not necessarily imply that you're compelling the reader to agree or disagree, as you would try to do in a persuasive essay. All it means is that you¡¯re demonstrating evidence and sound reasoning to bolster any claim you¡¯re putting forward, all while presenting them in a well-written manner.
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