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Next time you need to write an argumentative essay, simply create an outline that covers the four steps I discussed. It might look something like this:
HOW TO WRITE AN ARGUMENTATIVE ESSAY
When it comes to writing, how can you present your reasoned opinion effectively to your readers? You do it through writing an Argumentative Essay. This type of essay is your opinion on a subject. Your argue your opinion on a subject based on your reasoning and understanding of the subject.
There is your starting point: your understanding of the subject. Never attempt an argumentative essay without having a thorough understanding of the subject. You only harm your reputation when you present an argument that has more holes than Swiss cheese. Your readers will see through your argument and deem it one not substantiated by facts.
Consider that an argumentative essay is your attempt to win someone over to your way of thinking. You can accomplish this goal if you offer a plethora of facts, data, statistics, expert testimonials, and more. You present all of this by embracing a professional tone. Never be sarcastic and never talk down to your reader, in an argumentative or any other type of essay.
Of course, realize that no matter how well you present your fact-filled argument, many people still will not agree with you. It depends on the topic you're dealing with. If you're tackling matters of religion, politics, race, cultural traditions, and such, it's difficult to sway long-held beliefs to your way of thinking. However, it doesn't mean you can't offer your opinion in a compelling well thought out manner.
Getting people to agree with you also depends on whether you considered the opposite point of view as you constructed your argument. Has the saying goes, there are two sides to every story. You cannot intelligently present your argument if you don't know what the opposing views to it are, whether past or current.
Therefore, your job as an Argumentative Essay writer is to present opposing views in your essay. You then proceed to refute these opposing views in an effort to "win your audience over." This is where your expertise on a subject must shine through, armed with a myriad of facts to support your counter-claims.
This entails you presenting points supporting your position. You present these in a logical, measured way. You don't rant and spout out words without carefully considering what you're writing. It's also imperative that you double-check your facts to ensure they're accurate before presenting them in your Argumentative Essay.
Let's look at the basic tips for developing your Argumentative Essay:
One stylistic point: it is probably more true of the argumentative essay than it is of the other kinds of essays that we must be very careful of transitions, the devices we use to move from one point to another, to hold ideas together for comparison's sake, to create and organize landmarks along the path of our thinking. Before writing an argumentative essay, it might be a good idea to review the section on . (Later, we will see transitional devices at work in a sample argumentative essay.)A common method for writing an argumentative essay is the five-paragraph approach. This is, however, by no means the only formula for writing such essays. If it sounds straightforward, that is because it is; in fact, the method consists of (a) an introductory paragraph (b) three evidentiary body paragraphs that may include discussion of opposing views and (c) a conclusion.