An argument paragraph presents a point of view and provides evidence for the point of view taken.
An argument is an opinion supported by facts. Writers refer to opinions as claims and facts as evidence. The claim clearly states a stance on a topic or issue. Evidence to prove this claim can include reasons, personal experience, statistics, confirmed facts, and expert research.
For the claim to be persuasive, an argument writer must support it with the most effective evidence that comes from a variety of credible sources. Credible sources are websites, reports, and articles developed by experts and journalists.
|Topic sentence: identifies what is being argued for or against.|
|Support sentences: include facts, examples, appeals to authority or counter-argument to back up your point of view. Present your reasons in order of importance: from most important to least important.|
|Concluding sentence: restates what is being argued for or against and why.|
Useful transitional words and phrases
For giving reasons
firstly, secondly, thirdly, another, next, last, finally, because, since, for
but, however, of course, nevertheless, although, despite
therefore, as a result, in conclusion, thus
Examples of questions requiring an argument paragraph
- Are career discussions between supervisors and employees important?
- ‘UV intensity is the most important factor in skin cancer fatalities.’ Do you agree?
- Do epidemiological studies have limitations?