Writing the Argumentative/Persuasive Essay. CHOOSING A TOPIC. To begin an argumentative/persuasive essay, you must first have an opinion you want others to share. . Possible Topic Ideas. Should legal immigration be stopped? Should dying people be kept on life support?
To begin an argumentative/persuasive essay, you must first have an opinion you want others to share.
Should legal immigration be stopped?
Should dying people be kept on life support?
Should tobacco products be banned?
Should the Internet be censored?
Should school prayer be allowed?
Should music lyrics be censored?
Should parents of teen vandals be held responsible for their child's damage?
Should research on cloning be discontinued?
Should a rookie salary cap be enforced in pro sports?
Should boxing be banned?
Should the driving age be raised to 18?
Should semi-automatic weapons be banned?
Should teens who murder be executed?
Should hunting be outlawed?
Should recycling be mandatory?
Should schools require student uniforms?
Should college athletes be paid?
Should the death penalty be abolished?
To be valid, an opinion or point of view must be supported by facts and information.
Once you know what you will write about, you will need to do research on the topic.
Research through interviewing people, orreading newspaper, book, journal or Internet articles.
The thesis statement
Support your thesis with three reasons.
Write your answers down under the counter-arguments.
Now you have the raw material for each paragraph of the argumentative essay.
When introducing the topic, think about the audience first.
Think of the introduction as having a funnel shape:
General statement (hook)
More people die on driving on Greek roads in a single year than all the U.S. soldiers killed in Iraq since the fighting began. The road conditions and the mentality that leads to this unnecessary and avoidable loss of life should be changed.
Fact to support position and a good hook.
The authors position or Thesis Statement.
The first topic sentence of the first paragraph will be the first reason that supports your position.
You may even wish to begin the sentence with the word first to focus the reader’s attention on its importance.
Write a topic sentence and three details that support the reason you believe what you believe.
Repeat the process until you have three paragraphs with
three different reasons and
three details to support that reason.
Research what people opposed to your point of view believe. Write down three counter- arguments to your position.
Now, address those arguments in a paragraph explaining why your position is a better one.
Saying the opposing viewpoint is “stupid.”
Good essays are clear, calm and factual. Prove it instead.
Saying negative things about groups or individuals that have different view points.
This does not support your position but makes you seem petty instead.