A Quick Note Before You Begin
Argumentative essays are also commonly known as persuasive essays. However, there are some differences between the two even if they’re commonly considered to be the same. Persuasive essays are short, around five to six paragraphs. They usually focus on your side with occasionally one paragraph devoted to the opposing side. Persuasive essays focus more on the emotions of the reader. Argumentative essays are usually longer in length, ranging from as little as five paragraphs to as many as necessary. While the focus is mainly on your side, there is also a discussion regarding the opposing side that goes far beyond a single sentence or a paragraph. Argumentative essays focus more on the facts to persuade the reader as opposed to calling to their emotions on a topic or issue. Before You Write
It’s important that you plan your essay out before you write, and that includes several different aspects. You’re going to want to pick a topic first, but your topic should be something that has two conflicting points or different conclusions. Only consider topics that interest you – it will make your writing that much easier. Try this list of 100 topics to help you find a topic. Keep in mind that an argumentative essay is based more on facts as opposed to emotion. When picking a topic you’re interested in, be sure to pick one that you can support with evidence and reasoning. Look through the list of topics carefully, and begin making a mental list of the evidence you can use on topics you like. Once you find an interesting topic, don’t just research your side – if you already know it. Do some reading on both sides of the argument, and list the points for both sides. It will come in handy later when you go to write, and this way you’ll know that the side you pick is based on the facts instead of just your emotions. As an example, consider the topic from the above link regarding traditional versus alternative medicine. The AHHA has an excellent...
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