| KEY POINTS|
Keys to Writing an Argument: Claim, Reasons, Evidence
- Pick a fresh issue, not a tired one.
- Consider what position you will take on the issue.
- Think about your readers and the position they are likely to take.
- Do basic research and list the arguments on both sides of the issue.
- Formulate your claim (thesis): take care not to be simplistic or extreme.
- Write a rough outline organizing the points you will include. Do more research as necessary.
- Write a draft. Include the reasons for your claim and also include concrete evidence in support of those reasons (facts, statistics, incidents, examples, testimony from experts).
- Include opposing views and refute them.
- Use valid and reasonable arguments and provide relevant evidence.
- Avoid flaws in logic.