This guide will help you locate information on researching controversial issues for writing college-level arugumentative or persuasive essays or speeches.
Your purpose is to convince your reader or listener of your point of view. You may want them to change their minds on particular subject or convince them to take a course of action or accept your perspective.
In a successful essay or speech, you:
- define the issue
- take a clear position
- make a convincing argument
- acknowledge opposing views
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What's an Argumentative Essay?
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An effective argumentative essay or speech is not merely stating your opinions. You must back up your opinions/positions with evidence, facts and sound reasoning. This requires research, research and more research.
A good topic for an argument essay is one that has two (or more) conflicting points of view or very different conclusions. You will need to not only present your side but also arguments for the opposing side as well. Then "argue" why yours is the correct position to take.