Writing an English Argumentative Essay: An Effective Technique

Writing an argumentative English essay shouldn’t be difficult. The hardest part is choosing a topic. You need to pick something that you genuinely like as this way, you will be able to create a stronger paper. However, your topic must also be relevant and the paper itself to have some educational value. Consider all these factors and make a decision you won’t regret. You can even seek some help. There are plenty of articles online that offer topic suggestions for this kind of papers. Study them to get the inspiration you need.

Once you decide what to write about, start with the actual work:

  1. Research first.
  2. Gather the materials you need and do some heavy reading. Take copious notes and don’t forget to write down every source you use. This will save you from wasting time searching for the name of the book or author when you start compiling a reference list. Color coding notes will make it easier for you to navigate them when you start writing.

  3. Develop a thesis statement.
  4. This sentence is the heart of your work. It must express your main goal and the rest of the essay will be focused on it.

  5. Develop an outline.
  6. This is a plan of the paper you should use to organize your thoughts and arguments. There should be a point in this plan for every paragraph in your paper. As this is the skeleton of your essay, you must organize in in the right manner from the start. First arguments should be your strongest (don’t forget that you can only use one argument per paragraph).

  7. Write the initial draft.
  8. Expand every point of the outline to the best of your ability. Support every argument with solid evidence and explain how it ties up to the rest of your arguments.

    The final body paragraph (the one before conclusion) should address the arguments of the opposing side. Break them down with logic and factual evidence. Don’t be rude or offensive.

  9. Revise and edit.
  10. Reread the draft and eliminate any mistakes and inconsistencies. Start with detailed revision of the content and cut out every part that isn’t directly connected to the thesis statement. There mustn’t be any filler content in an academic work. Next, move on to grammar and spelling checks. You’ll need to reread the text no less than 3 times, and it’s best to start this part of work after resting for at least a day. This way, you will be able to notice and fix more mistakes.

 

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