How to Write an Argumentative Essay

by Peter Owen Assignment Expert, Writing Expert

How to Write an Argumentative Essay

So your professor has asked you to write an argumentative essay. Various types of essays exist. Be sure you know what each kind entails. Do not write an expository essay when you were supposed to submit an argumentative one, like now. Writing an excellent argumentative essay starts with understanding what it is, its structure, and approach. Understanding how to write excellent essays leads to the kinds of grades you can call home about.

Argumentative Essays Can be Brief

An argumentative essay can be extended or brief. Sometimes it is the usual five-paragraph affair, and the work is ready for submission. Developing such a piece should be relatively easy if you how to do it.

Sometimes they are Long

Sometimes an essay involves complex issues and detailed research. If you are using many sources or empirical research, five paragraphs will not do justice to your subject matter. More extended essays demand that you conduct in-depth research. Additionally, you must read up the work of other scholars, noting their positions. Comment on why and how your sources are credible.

Think of an Argumentative Essay as a Debate with a Classmate

Suppose you were to argue with a classmate concerning the issue of gun control. Such an argument requires you to state a position and justify it using credible sources. A good debater listens to the other side and addresses the issues raised in a sober, scholarly manner. Your job is to persuade the other person to see things as you see them.


You love structures and formats, don't you? Typically, students and scholars use the five-paragraph method when writing this kind of essay. They start with an introductory paragraph. They then present evidence for their argument as well as opposing views in the next three paragraphs. Finally, there is the conclusion.

Introduction Carries the Thesis Statement

Briefly discuss why your study should concern other scholars. Include a clearly stated thesis at the end of your introductory paragraph. Master writing your thesis statement; otherwise, you will end up with mediocrity.

Learn to use Transition Words

Your essay should transition your audience from one paragraph to the next in a smooth, logical manner. Words such as "however," "in contrast," "conversely" and so on provide momentum and direction to your essay. Do not overuse them, though.

Include Evidence in the Body

Let each paragraph explore one idea. More than one point creates bumps on the road toward your conclusion. Support with verifiable evidence every claim you make. The majority of the paragraphs should support your thesis statement. Have one or two paragraphs presenting opposing views. A good author never bashes others. Instead, they labor to show why and how the opposing argument does not weaken or invalidate their argument. Note that leaving out information that does not support your thesis is unethical.


Here is your last chance to make an impression — an impression that lasts. Work the introduction, the thesis statement, and the key points into a powerful synthesis that has the reader nodding their head in agreement. Also ensure that your non-plagiarised essay is well researched and supported with facts.


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