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Argumentative writing aims to convince others that one idea or method is better than another. Both sides of the argument are raised, and a slight bias is presented using a collection of facts organised with logical reasoning. Support is added by giving examples backed by solid evidence and quotes from respected sources. Care must be taken when considering the audience. To strengthen your case, balance facts (proven) verses truths (unproven), present statistics, give examples, and cite authors both for and against.

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Why you are writing the essay.

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The viewpoint you wish to support.

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The opposing viewpoint(s).

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The audience (in agreement / neutral / in opposition, and to what extent).

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What questions you predict will be asked by the audience.

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Support: Where to research, who to ask, what to read.

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The structure - plan ahead.

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The impact of your ideas. If you make far-out statements, for good or for worse the audience will remember you for it.

Be wary:

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Is your bias too strong?

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Is your argument based on personal judgement

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Is your argument more emotional than rational?

To be really successful you must thoroughly research your topic and be able to answer any question with authority. You must understand and present both your case and the counter argument fairly and be able to raise a modicum of destabilising curiosity in even the most steadfast doubter. A friendly Devils advocate can be tasked to check credibility. Make a good case and the reader will be convinced; any deviation and your argument will begin to lose merit.

 
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