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Argumentative and persuasive essays require you to select a topic, research it, choose a position, and write an essay defending that position. In an argumentative essay, your thesis statement clearly outlines your position. The body paragraphs are written in support of your position, with each one laying out a separate argument in favor of your opinion. Finally, the concluding paragraph drives your point home by laying out the evidence and proving that combination of the points you have made successfully proves your position to be the correct one.
Argumentative essays and persuasive essays are slightly different in that the writing style in an argumentative essay is often stronger and more opinionated. However, for the most part they are the same, and instructors may use both interchangeably to describe the same assignment.
Argumentative Essay Structure
When we are asked to write an argumentative essay, there is a basic structure that we follow. However, this can change depending on the details of your assignment.
- The Introductory Paragraph: This paragraph is where we present the topic being discussed, explain why there are differing points of view, and then provide the thesis statement that describes the position that we will take in your paper. Depending on the topic, we may use a statistic, anecdote, or quote as a way to get the reader’s attention.
- The Body Paragraphs: In general, we will have one body paragraph for each major point we will be covering. In some cases, one point may be covered in more than one paragraph. Each body paragraph in the essay will contain a topic sentence that is supported by evidence that we have found doing research. As a general rule, your argumentative or persuasive essay will have at least three main body paragraphs.
- The Conclusion: Some people believe that the conclusion should be a summary of the points presented. This is not quite true. The conclusion should highlight the fact that not only do the arguments made in the body paragraph work well on their own, but that they come together as more than the sum of their parts. In other words, the evidence, when considered as a unit, provides more proof than is required to prove your argument to be correct.
Our Research Process
Many students lose points when writing argumentative essays because they don’t understand how to research correctly. It is tempting, especially when discussing an emotionally charged or controversial topic, to cherry pick resources that support the view you are supporting. Unfortunately, that isn’t an acceptable way of collecting evidence or supporting your thesis. This is why, when we do research, we stick to well-balanced, fact-based sources, and use scholarly databases and search engines. This helps us to avoid biased sources such as blog posts. It is also our policy to use several different resources, although the exact number of resources depends on your specific instructions. Likewise, if you have specific resources that you want us to use, we will comply with your instructions and use those resources regardless of our faith in the veracity of those sources.
Editing Fact Checking and Proofreading
We believe that every argumentative essay should be viewed by at least three sets of eyes. The first person to check your paper is obviously the writer who carefully reviews the paper after they have finished it. Next, your essay will be reviewed by a member of our quality assurance team. They will double check for factual accuracy, compliance to your instructions, originality, and spelling and grammar errors. Finally, you act as the third set of eyes when you review the finished essay. This is because you are ultimately the final authority in determining whether or not the essay is acceptable.
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