Constructing Your Argument

Where Do I Begin?

Start constructing your argument by using a brainstorming technique and developing a thesis statement.—

Later, you will be making an outline, and, soon after, drafting your paper.

—The thesis drives your essay. Your thesis must be an arguable statement and not a statement of fact. You must be able to provide evidence to support your argument, rather than simply stating it to be so.

Is It Debatable?

Review your thesis to determine whether it’s debatable and its intent is clear. You will refine your thesis in the later stages of your essay, but you should have a clear focus of the function of your thesis.

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Imagine the following dialogue taking place between the writer and reader:

Writer: “Australia is a dangerous place.”

Reader: “Why?”

Writer: “Because it is.”

The writer needs to say more. Evidence, ideas and logic all need to be part of the argument/paper.

A developed argument might begin with,

“Australia is a dangerous place because there are many poisonous animals native to the area, and there are many areas which are undeveloped and wild, resulting in scarce access to medical care.”

In the above thesis, I have stated a few aspects of my argument that I will explain in my paper, to be supported by evidence;

1. There are many poisonous animals in Australia.

2. There are many undeveloped or wild areas in Australia.

3. These undeveloped areas do not have readily available access to medical care.

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Research                                                              

Research Resources

In addition to the subject matter (History, Sociology, Philosophy, etc.), you must also understand the prompt provided for your specific assignment. What is the topic of debate? Who is your audience?

In order to make your own claims about a topic, you must first understand the claims others have made. In other words, do your research! If you find your research is not supporting your claims, you may need to adjust your perspective or look at more scholarship.

Original thesis: “Australia is a dangerous place because there are many poisonous animals native to the area, and there are many areas which are undeveloped and wild, resulting in scarce access to medical care.”

Revised thesis based on research: “Australia’s wild and undeveloped areas can be dangerous places, based on their distance from readily available medical care and the concentration of dangerous animals in a given area.”

The next stage in building a good thesis/argument is understanding what a good one consists of. Click the link below to continue the lesson.

Aspects of a Good Argument

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