Credible evidence arguable claim
In this paper, you will make an arguable claim that is supported by credible evidence. A sound argument is different from an opinion. An opinion is a belief that lacks a basis in logic or factual evidence. Instead, for this paper, you will use the writing process to form a position on your chosen topic, an argument that is based on logic and factual evidence found through research. So, instead of starting with an opinion and finding sources, you start with sources and use them to form a position.
An argumentative essay asks you to take a stand on an issue, support it with persuasion, reasons, and evidence, and to address the opposition’s position. To accomplish this goal, you will research and investigate your topic by building a source list that represents credible, scholarly, authoritative voices. You must responsibly integrate and discuss these perspectives into your writing, demonstrating how they either support or go against your own argument. All claims should be backed up by sources, whether quoted directly, summarized, or paraphrased.
Organization Tips: Begin with an introduction that builds readers’ interest in the topic and ends with a concise thesis statement that makes an arguable claim about a problem. This is the foundation on which you will build your argument.
The subsequent paragraphs should give evidence from scholarly sources that prove the claim. Those body paragraphs should include a topic sentence that encompasses a single aspect of your argument that you will write about in that paragraph only. Remember, paragraphs are like containers, and each container can only hold one subtopic. Each paragraph’s topic sentence needs to be backed up with evidence and be tied back to the thesis. You must also acknowledge oppositional points by incorporating and refuting counterarguments.
Don’t forget a conclusion that summarizes the argument, emphasizes its importance, makes a call to action, and/or looks to future implications. No new information should be introduced in the conclusion.
The approach to this can be in a style you find makes sense for your subject. There are handouts to guide your set-up here.
IMPORTANT POINT: Although your focus may shift, you are continuing to write about the same topic from the Expository Essay. If, for any reason, you feel you need to change topics, reach out to your instructor to discuss.
1,250 – 1,500 (not including the title and References page).
Use at least 5 reputable sources
APA format (Title Page, Paper, References)
Double-spaced, Times New Roman, 12-point font
Primarily third person POV (no “you”)