Ever wondered how to start a write-up, where you can have your voice heard. A write-up where you can express your ideas, feelings, and perspectives. Such a write-up is called an argumentative essay.
What is an argumentative essay?
An argumentative essay is written to show a stand or to make one’s position clear on a particular topic/subject. While writing the essay, the writer is subjected to provide reasons that are supported by evidence of why he is taking such a stand.
Argumentative essays can easily be identified with any of the following clause-like questions.
- What should be done about this?
- How important is it?
- What caused this?
- Is it true?
What does an argumentative essay look like?
A general argumentative essay can be sub-divided into 4 parts, as shown below.
- INTRODUCTION: The introductory passage has to be carefully designed around the topic you are writing about. This paragraph will contain the information required to understand the basis for your argument. Try as much as possible at the introductory part to add some evidential findings to back up your work. To achieve a great argumentative essay, you can try the following:
- Start with a quote, short story, a popular saying, or a thought-provoking question. This would keep your audience’s attention stimulated and inclined to read more.
- Shed little light on your topic. State a reason why readers should be concerned about the topic.
- Get to your argument. State your stand!
- Drop a punch-line from your evidence catalog. Don’t write all your points in the introduction.
The primary aim of the introduction is to get the appetite of your readers ready for an essay that would be epic and to keep their eyes glued to your write up, with their minds awestruck.
- BODY: This is your catch. At this level, your readers are ready to go down the lane with you. So, endeavor to write in about 4 paragraphs. Each of these paragraphs will contain a detailed explanation of the reasons why your audience should take your stand.
To make the body of your write-up captivating and real, you will have to consider the following:
- Never cluster up your points. Develop each point and conclude in a paragraph.
- Gather enough statistics, points, facts that you would incorporate in the write-up.
- Be realistic and try the use of logic and illustrations.
When reasoning out your arguments and using illustrations, bear your reader’s knowledge and abilities in mind. Illustrate with only things they can relate to.
- COUNTER-ARGUMENT: Jot down key things in your write-up before you begin. As you dish-out your points, plot plausible questions that could pop-up in the minds of readers as they read. To this question, provide answers beyond reasonable doubts.
Next, in another paragraph or two. State other motions or thinking in opposition to yours. You then provide answers to the counter-positions, and then clearly outline the reasons why you aren’t in support.
- CONCLUSION: Now you are done, but not through with your write-up. This phase is as crucial as the other stages. So do not relent on your write-up, rather do the following.
- Restate your topic’s main points.
- While similar to your introduction, here all you do is summarize your main points and render a conviction or how good your argument is. And anything short is not to be believed.
- Do not introduce new facts or arguments.
- Try to appeal to the reader’s feelings, thought, emotions, and thinking.
The very best write-ups come from the most imaginative minds, coupled with the ability to connect with your readers. So always keep your readers in mind.