Purpose: Prove a viewpoint. The argument essay is a way to express an opinion using calculated evidence, clear details, and thorough research using books and articles. The key to an argument is anticipating the opposing view and providing support that will refute their counter-arguments and strengthen your thesis.
Consider probing questions: What are the problems that are faced? How are the problems overcome? What are the motives of the sides involved? What is the purpose of the action being argued? What are the effects and who are the affected? Who is responsible? What groups or individuals are affected? Who benefits?
Make a claim, one that is disputed, in doubt or controversial. Do not state a fact. Provide evidence to support your claim using credible (library) resources. Synthesize your ideas, going beyond summary and fact, creating a new idea or argument for the topic you chose.
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