Choose a controversial and debatable topic about which you have strong feelings. Write an essay arguing your position on this issue. Your purpose is to try to convince your readers to take your argument seriously. Therefore, you will want to acknowledge readersâ€™ opposing views as well as any objections or questions they might have.
To write a strong argumentative essay, you need the following:
â€¢ A clear and thorough grasp of the issue.
â€¢ A convincing, well-defined thesis that is debatable.
â€¢ An awareness of and response to opposing points of view.
â€¢ A clear sense of your audience.
â€¢ The ability to distinguish between opinion and facts.
â€¢ Solid supporting evidence.
â€¢ Logical organization.
â€¢ Accurate, fresh, and appropriate word choice.
1. The Introduction: Try to engage the reader’s interest in your topic, possibly by opening with a striking quotation, a vivid image, or an anecdote. Give background information on your topic, briefly summarize the controversy surrounding the topic, and state your position on it.
2. The Body: Give several good reasons for your position, in order of importance. (Make sure that the reasons you give are different from one another–in other words, that you are not simply repeating the same idea in different words.) Include evidence in the form of personal experience, testimony of others, research findings, statistics etc. Please use scholarly sources; use books and articles that are analytical, authoritative, and reliable. Do not use Wikipedia and other sources that are superficial and one-sided. Include paraphrases, summaries, and brief quotations; be sure to give MLA style parenthetical citations for all borrowed words and ideas. Put all borrowed words in quotes.
Include counterarguments. One way to strengthen your argument and show that you have a deep understanding of the issue you are discussing is to anticipate and address counterarguments or objections. By considering what someone who disagrees with your position might have to say about your argument, you show you have thought things through, and you dispose of some of the reasons your audience might have for not accepting your argument.
3. The Conclusion: You can end by briefly summarizing your argument, emphasizing what you have learned through doing research. You may want to make an ethical or emotional appeal, encouraging the reader to reconsider his/her thinking on an issue or urging the reader to take some action. Or you can point to the larger implications of your argument, highlighting the importance of what you have written about.
4. Bibliography using MLA style citations: Please use, at least, five scholarly sources; use books and articles that are analytical, authoritative, and credible. Do not use sources that are superficial and one-sided. A respected author who is an expert in his/her particular field writes a scholarly work. These sources are backed up with documented research and data. Look up the authorâ€™s credentials. The article should be published in a scholarly journal or in a website registered by government and educational institutions. Do not use a wiki or blog.