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How to Select a Topic . Argumentative Research. What is an argument?. In writing and/or speaking – use clear thinking & logic Purpose : Convince the reader/listener to agree with you Your logic and reasoning is sound. How do we do this?. Persuasive aspect of this …

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How to select a topic

How to Select a Topic

Argumentative Research


What is an argument
What is an argument?

  • In writing and/or speaking –

    use clear thinking & logic

  • Purpose:

    • Convince the reader/listener to agree with you

    • Your logic and reasoning is sound


How do we do this
How do we do this?

  • Persuasive aspect of this…

    • Encourage acceptance of your opinion

    • Urge your reader/listener to commit to a course of action

  • You might use…

    • Emotional language

    • Dramatic appeals


Elements of the argument
Elements of the argument:

  • Introduction / topic / thesis / claim

  • Arguments and textual support

  • Counterargument and textual support

  • Rebuttal and textual support

  • Conclusion

    This is NOT a direct correlation to the actual paragraphs you will use!


Gathering topic ideas
GATHERING TOPIC IDEAS

The first step in finding a topic is to pay attention to issues and events happening around you by

  • Browsing through periodicals (e.g. newspapers, magazines)

  • Watching the news

  • Listening to talk radio

  • Conversing with different people about what issues are affecting them

  • And taking time to reflect on issues that are affecting you


Selecting a topic
SELECTING A TOPIC

When choosing a topic for an argumentative paper, make sure that the topic

  • Is interesting to you

  • Involves conflicting viewpoints

  • Is current and relevant

  • Involves not only your personal sphere, but also impacts other people

  • Is complex enough to be considered from different angles

  • Is not cliché or too common (try to stay away from topics like “abortion” for example)


Reflecting on your topic
REFLECTING ON YOUR TOPIC

Once you’ve chosen your topic, reflect on the emotions and thoughts you have about it. Keep the following ideas in mind:

  • Make sure that your feelings about the topic don’t overpower your reasoning.

  • Having mixed emotions and being undecided about your position is a good way to start. This

    most likely means that you can see both sides

    of the debate.

  • Decide on what position to take only after considering arguments on both sides of the issue.


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