How to Write an Argumentative Essay

In an argumentative essay you want to convince someone to agree with your idea or opinion by using research-based evidence.
Tip and Guidelines:

1. Introduce a relevant topic, acknowledging how it is debatable. If the topic is complicated, provide some background information to help clarify. What is the issue? Who cares? Then, state your opinion on the topic and explain why you feel this way.

2. In your thesis statement, summarize the supporting arguments (rational, ethical, emotional) you will use to validate your opinion. Be short, concise and use confident language.

3. In each body paragraph, write a topic sentence introducing your first supporting claim. Discuss why it supports your central argument. How does it further your position? Use evidence (fact, quote, statistic, example) to explain. If you have multiple pieces of evidence, great.

4. Address the opposing viewpoint. What do they say about the topic? What evidence do they put forward to justify their claims? Provide evidence (fact, quote, statistic, logic) that refutes this claim. Why do you disagree with this argument?

5. In your conclusion, review the central points of your argument. How has the supporting evidence proven your point of view? How has your argument evolved? Finally, revisit the topic and stress the importance of your opinion.