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Academic Writing Tips: A Layout Of An Argumentative Essay

One of the most common forms of academic papers is that of the argumentative essay. Students will be required to write in such a style for a wide range of different subjects; therefore, it is important to be aware of how to structure this style of paper. The following gives some advice relating to the layout of a good quality argumentative paper.

Creating a strong introduction

As part of your introduction, you should give the reader a clear understanding of what topic you intend to discuss. Furthermore, as well as introducing the topic that you will be writing about, you need to give the reader an idea of what stance you will be taking on the topic, so that they know whether you will be arguing for or against the topic.

Writing arguments to support your point of view in the body section

Having written your introduction, you will then need to prepare the body section of your paper. As part of the body section you will essentially be introducing various arguments to support any claim or stance that you have taken.

The number of arguments that you use to support your point of view will depend on the required length of the essay. Typically, for a five paragraph essay you will include three different arguments - the first and last paragraphs make up the introduction and conclusion, whilst the middle three paragraphs would be used to outline the three arguments that you are making.

A useful tool when it comes to essay writing is to include topic sentences. Essentially, topic sentence should be included towards the beginning of a paragraph and will outline the particular theme of the argument that you’re making, as well as including a controlling idea. When used correctly, a topic sentence enables the reader to instantly understand what approach you wish to take with this argument, thus helping to bring clarity to your academic paper.

What to include in your conclusion

The final part of an argumentative essay is the conclusion. In the conclusion you should not bring up any new arguments; instead, you should draw on any information or points made in the body section.

The conclusion will ultimately bring all of your arguments together, and demonstrate why you have taken a particular point of view on the topic that you are discussing. It should ultimately try and persuade the reader as to why your arguments are the most relevant ones.


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