how to write an argumentative essay

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A. Introduction 1. Identify and state your objects of analysis . The topic or question will often ask you to discuss central texts, key ideas or concepts, issues, or a combination of these. 2. Provide some background to the thesis and reveal the motive for arguing it. An effective description of the context, situation or problem can demonstrate why the thesis is interesting and worth arguing. Here is your chance to convince your readers (including the marker) that your essay is worth reading— something not to be taken for granted! 3. Formulate and state your thesis . A thesis is a clearly articulated general idea that expresses the main point you want to argue in your essay. It should be: sufficiently focused and narrow so that it can be fully discussed in your essay; a position that is debatable, and dependent on the strength of evidence and logical development; not a simple statement of fact, a declaration of belief that cannot be reasonably substantiated, a tautological or circular expression, an obvious point, and so on; interesting. 4. Define the key terms , state the assumptions , and describe the methodology . Key terms: You will often find terms in the question, topic or your thesis itself whose meanings are essentially contested or indeterminate or ambiguous because of colloquial misuse. These terms may be crucial in your larger analysis and, if for no other reason than this, must be defined (even tentatively) before you can hinge your arguments on them. Assumptions: The set of fundamental ‘givens’ that make your arguments consistent, coherent, and meaningful can be stated at the start. This is sometimes done in the interest of intellectual honesty and to indicate to the reader where you might be coming from ideologically.
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