How to write an argumentative essay

Pre-writing

State the "controversy" in the form of a yes/no question.
Should guns be made legal?
Is television harmful to children?
Divide your paper into two parts:
Pros
Cons
Guns can be helpful to defend ourselves from dangerous criminals...
...
Guns can be harmful, especially at the hands of irresponsible people...
...
  • Decide which side of the argument you will defend.
  • Remember to support your opinions with facts, statistics, examples, quotes ...

Writing

Include an introduction, a body and a conclusion:
Introduction:
State the problem: a clear thesis statement.
Body:
Paragraph: topic sentence
a. argument 1
b. argument 2
c. argument 3
d. ...
Paragraph: topic sentence
a. argument 1
b. argument 2
c. argument 3
d. ...
Conclusion:
a. Give a balanced view.
b. Give your opinion.

Post writing

Edit your essay.


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