While studying you not only get new knowledge but also develop your thinking skills, study to express your viewpoints and find evidences supporting your opinion. Providing you with different assignments is one of the ways to teach you to do that. First of all, it concerns writing of various argumentative papers. Actually, you may write different kinds of such papers: argumentative essays, argumentative research papers and others. It does not matter what exactly argumentative paper you have to write as all of them serve the one purpose: to teach you to prove your opinion. So, what are the main aspects that you should take into account when writing your argumentative paper?
It goes without saying that before proving your opinion you should study the issue you are going to express this opinion about. Remember: the more information on the topic you will find, the easier it will be for you to analyze this topic and form your viewpoint. So, what should you do?
It should also be noticed that these actions will help you to formulate a thesis statement for your argumentative paper. This will help you narrow the sphere of your research and thereby direct your ideas at a certain issue.
In order to prove your opinion and persuade your audience that this opinion is right you have to have really strong support. What should it be? It becomes obvious from the very definition “argumentative paper”. Thus, convincing, undeniable arguments should be your support. How to make them sound so? The information you have found while preparing will help you in this case. You should use different examples, quotations or statistical data as evidences of your arguments. Pay attention: use this information only in the case when you are sure that it is true. That is why you should look for information only in reliable sources.
Remember the following: your argumentative paper is a kind of dispute. But dispute appears from the clash of 2 opposite opinions. So, it will be quite natural if you present some counter-arguments in your argumentative paper. Use such phrases as “there is also quite opposite opinion concerning the issue” or “there exist the opposite meaning about this question”. But you should not just mention these arguments but suggest evidences that will refute them. That will only give you advantage making your own arguments more convincing.
So, let’s summarize the article! What are the main points that you should bear in mind when writing your argumentative paper?