Writing Academic Arguments

For me writing academic arguments is a great way to dissect and analyze a subject from all points of view. Writing academic arguments requires a lot of research from all perspectives involved, outlining and constructing a plan for your argument, writing a draft and getting feedback from people, then re-read and revise as needed to fine tune. These steps will help so you can present your argument that will keep your audience engaged and provoke responses. In your writing argument you will need to be able to clarify a subject, purpose, and audience. A basic tool needed to do this is by having a subject or an issue that is a debatable topic. The heart of your argument should be your “Claim”, weather it is a claim of fact, value, or policy. The Argument Outline should include an Introduction, an Opposition, A Supporting Argument, and a Conclusion.

By clarifying a subject, purpose, and audience it simply means to pick a subject based on the audience you are trying to deliver to and the purpose of your argument boils down to what kind of effect you want to have on them. To ensure you pick a good subject, you should make sure it is a debatable topic. This can be done by framing the topic as an issue question to see if people would disagree on it. The heart of your argument is its claim; this will also be your thesis of your argument essay. As you form the body of your argument essay, it will contain the evidence that will make the claim an informed opinion. One last piece needed to help make your argument a successful one is to be able to appeal to your audiences Ethos, Logos, and Pathos.


2 thoughts on “Writing Academic Arguments

  1. You put in a lot of good tips and the picture was good it went well with your topic. You broke it down step by step and explained it nicely. I believe an argumentative essay should light a fire up under it’s readers getting them fired up and thinking. You are right a good and successful essay will be one that will appeal to it’s audience. I think people should pick topics they feel strongly about, it will be more enjoyable writing it and it will turn out to be a good essay.

  2. You did have nice details about writing academic arguments. I agree with you that when writing an academic paper, you must first try to find a topic or a question that is relevant and appropriate. Your paper will have a declared thesis and it will appear where the reader expects it to appear your thesis should also be an arguable point that is; it should declare something that is interesting and controversial because your thesis is probably the single most important sentence in your paper. Also understand that your paper should be of interest to other students and scholars. Academic writing must be more than personal response. You must write something that your readers will find useful. In other words, you will want to write something that helps your reader to better understand your topic, or to see it in a new way.

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