Answered By: Harry L. Whitlock II
Last Updated: Jun 23, 2017     Views: 18

An argument in college usually refers to a written or oral assignment where you explore a controversial topic and you take a specific standpoint on the topic.

With this type of assignment it is important to pick a topic which has two conflicting points of view (POV). One of the POVs should be one which you are are passionate (or at least feel strongly) about.

To prepare to be persuasive in your argument, read background information about the topic. Find enough information for and against the topic in order to make sound arguments about your position. Avoid opinion and belief; stick to facts.

FYI, an argumentative essay is different from an expository essay. An expository essay describes the topic and provides information. There is no persuasive POV. In comparison, an argumentative essay examines the pros and cons of a debateable issue and provides sound evidence to support your claim. That is why it is necessary that the information you gather from your research is current, detailed, and accurate.

As a general outline for an argumentative essay, the initial paragraph will give a brief description of the topic, state why the topic is important, and must present your thesis statement. Often the introductory paragraph is followed by a context paragraph that provides background information. The body of the essay discusses the pros and cons of the topic with supporting evidence for each. The conclusion must restate your claim and indicate why you think your standpoint is correct based on the evidence you have gathered.

Fore more information on the argument essay consult Purdue's Online Writing Lab 
http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/685/05/

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