What basically an Argumentative Paper is?
Several students make horrible mistakes when writing argumentative papers in schools, universities and colleges as they simply don’t have any idea about how to write an effective argumentative paper consisting of logical arguments regarding two different points providing relevant facts and figures to support and build the argument supporting one particular perspective. An argumentative paper always consists of two different perspectives such as negative or positive, black or white where a writer has to stick either with the negative perspective or the positive providing logic and evidence based on real facts in a convincing way. Certain readers may agree with one perspective while the rest with the other one. Following are some basic guidelines for students belonging to any academic level on how to write an argumentative paper:
Select an Issue/Topic
Select a particular issue or a topic that you know enough about in order to prove your perspective providing logic, evident facts and figures to sound convincing. You can choose two different personalities from two different eras such as Abraham Lincoln or Nelson Mandela where you admire and support one while your friend or a family member supporting the latter and try to prove who a better personality in terms of support and love they both had from the general public for what they achieved and did for their respective countries.
Make your Paper Sound like a Conversation
You must make it look like a conversation between two people on a particular issue. Imagine yourself talking to your family member, your teacher or your friend about a certain issue or a topic and you need to convince him/her about what your perspectives are and if you truly agree with them on a factual basis.
When you eventually start your paper you must introduce your issue or topic of argument in one paragraph with a brief background or history in order to give them an idea about the discussion and can compare and come up with their own perspectives whether they agree with you or not when they finish reading.
You must stick to your perspectives by providing rational historical reasons that on what basis you support or agree with what you believe in or on what basis you prefer Mandela over Lincoln. You must provide evident facts and figures to prove and support your argument.
Among the readers there will definitely be a set of people who won’t agree with your perspectives and would object and question you. Try to include your own objections to make your argumentative paper interesting for the readers. Make your friend or family member read it and see if he objects with your perspectives so that you have an idea that what kind of questions and objections can be raised while you present your argumentative paper and you will be well prepared before hand. Good argumentative papers always support strong set of objections with needed counter responses.
Lastly you must summarize whole your argumentative paper in a paragraph and do not include each and every detail you wrote prior to the conclusion. Proofread your argumentative paper for any errors and correct them if found any.
Argumentative Papers are very challenging to write and can normally take a week to write as they consist of research work, organizing the written material, making a draft and editing. Follow these basic rules to write good argumentative papers.