Sela Pothuizen May 23, 2020 Persuasive
Do not attempt to do this off the top of your head. Create an outline beforehand that identifies your thesis statement, lists major points, cites evidence-based supporting points, and makes note of potential counter-arguments. Use this as your model while you work. Not sure where to start? Get in touch with your school`s writing center. The tutors there can help you develop an airtight outline.
Once you pick your topic and you do enough research, you`ll be ready to think about the structure of your paper. In the outline, you`ll write brief points on what you intend to include in each section of the paper.
As you write, define any key terms that you feel your audience will not understand, and use examples to illustrate your main points. Statistics can be good attention grabbers, particularly in the introduction, but use them sparingly and round off numbers. Use visual images such as metaphors and analogies to compare one thing to another as much as possible. Use your strongest arguments first and last–people are more likely to remember those points placed at the beginning and end of your paper.
Take a stance. What do you think about the issue? What side will you take? Be aware of any prejudices you might have that could color your argument. What resolution will you suggest?
Before that thesis statement, you should “hook” the reader. You may do that with a fact related to your topic, an anecdote, a quote, or even a definition. Think of something that would keep the reader interested in your paper. A solid introduction will seamlessly flow towards the body paragraphs, which will prove the thesis statement with strong arguments.
If you don`t have your choice of topic, that`s okay. Research what you are assigned, find a way to connect it to your passions, and develop a real sense of ownership in the argument. But even as you channel your passion, keep your emotions in check. Don`t allow anger or bias to get in the way of a compelling argument.