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How to Write a Position Argument. Find an Issue. Make a list of possible issues. Select a possible issue. Read about your issue. Analyze your Potential Readers. What do your readers likely know about the issue? What views do your readers likely have about the issue?

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find an issue
Find an Issue
  • Make a list of possible issues.
  • Select a possible issue.
  • Read about your issue.
analyze your potential readers
Analyze your Potential Readers
  • What do your readers likely know about the issue?
  • What views do your readers likely have about the issue?
  • Do your readers likely agree or disagree with your position? If they disagree, why exactly do they disagree?
develop reasons and write a working thesis
Develop Reasons and Write a Working Thesis
  • Take a definite position.
  • Develop reasons by considering whether you can argue from a definition, compare or contrast, consider good and bad effects, or refute objections.
  • Support your reasons by making observations and finding facts, statistics, and statements from authorities.
  • Write a working thesis.
write a draft
Write a Draft
  • Introduce the issue and give the necessary background.
  • Think about how readers will view you, the writer.
  • If you argue from a definition, set out the criteria.
write a draft continued
Write a draft (continued)
  • Avoid fallacies.
  • Address opposing views.
  • Make counterarguments if necessary.
  • Conclude with strength.
  • Choose a title that will interest your readers.
revise revise revise
Revise, Revise, Revise
  • Check that your position argument fulfills the assignment.
  • Make sure that your claim is arguable and focused.
  • Add additional evidence where reasons need more support
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Examine the organization.
  • Review the visual presentation.
  • Proofread carefully.
  • Make sure your finished writing meets all the formatting requirements.
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