Once you have selected a topic you feel strongly about, make a list of points for both sides of the argument.When shaping an argument you'll have to explain why your belief is reasonable and logical, so list points you can use as evidence for or against an issue.
To be effective, an argumentative essay must contain elements to help persuade the audience to see things from your perspective.
These components include a compelling topic, a balanced assessment, strong evidence, and persuasive language.
This article was co-authored by Christopher Taylor, Ph D.
Christopher Taylor is an Adjunct Assistant Professor of English at Austin Community College in Texas.
After describing the "other" side, present your own viewpoint and then provide evidence to show why your position is the correct one.
Work to discredit the other side using some of the information you discovered in your research.
Thus, a balanced assessment, a compelling topic, strong language and evidence are all critical.
Any written work requires an introduction that is impeccable so that transitions to the other parts of the paper have a good flow.
Avoid emotional language that can sound irrational.
Know the difference between a logical conclusion and an emotional point of view.