Argumentative Essay Writing Tips

DEFINTION:  An argumentative essay uses reasoning, logic, and evidence—not emotion—to take a definitive stand on a controversial or debatable issue. The essay explores two sides of a topic and proves why one side or position is the best.

Strategies* to Organize an Argumentative Essay

Consider your topic and choose the strategy that best serves it

All argumentative essays have PROS and CONS. The best way to strategize is to decide what the PRO and CON points are and then organize them in one of the following ways:

Strategy #1

Argument      

PRO Idea 1

PRO Idea 2

PRO Idea 3

Counterargument and rebuttals/refutations

CON Idea 1 and Refutation

CON Idea 2 and Refutation

CON Idea 3 and Refutation

Strategy #2

Counterargument

CON Idea 1 and Refutation

CON Idea 2 and Refutation

CON Idea 3 and Refutation

Argument

PRO Idea 1

PRO Idea 2

PRO Idea 3