Ideally, argument essay writing has two basic types: one where you focus on both sides of an issue and the other where you choose one side and talk about why you feel that way.
Let us discuss each type of argument essay writing.
In the first type, you choose your topic. Let’s say you choose the topic ‘Effects of Watching Television on Children’. In this type of an essay, you can talk about both, the positive effects (learning new things, getting to see various parts of the world etc.) and the negative effects (distraction from studies, becoming desensitized to violence etc.). In this type, your essay structure would be something like this:
- Introduction to your topic.
- Positive Effects with relevant facts.
- Negative Effects with relevant facts.
- Introduction to the topic and the side you chose.
- Positive Effects.
- Facts to prove your point.
Therefore, it becomes equally important to choose your topic properly. You should have thorough knowledge of the subject you are going to talk about otherwise your argument will not sound strong.
You can choose the subject from a variety of sources, such as the newspaper, or magazines or from the Internet as well. Choose a topic which resonates with you. This means that the topic should make you feel very strongly, either for it or against it.
Study the subject carefully and make notes which highlight your chosen points. Use to-the-point sentences which will elaborate your point aggressively. Here, you can use the ‘show not tell’ maxim very well if you are armed with accurate facts.
Your conclusion should become a summary of what you have said. Don’t make it a long-winded conclusion. You have had your chance to write about your choice before.
Thus, an argumentative essay is one where you choose to explain a choice regarding an issue with facts and logic, so as to convince the reader to agree with you.
By Madhavi Ghare