© Brainstorm ideas on the subject.
© Identify the main topics.
© Use these topics as headings for organising your notes.
© Decide which side you are on i.e. which arguments are most convincing. Make sure you choose the side that you can fully support.
© Plan and write an outline for your essay noting down the information you will include in each paragraph.
Your introduction should:
© Introduce the topic with a general statement
© State why it is important
© State there is a difference of opinion about this topic
© Thesis statement must state what YOUR claim is and can include the “parts” of the argument you are going to state.
© Arguments for: The reasons “parts” of your thesis statement will be in your body paragraphs.
© Give clear arguments for your claim with support (examples, statistics, explanations, etc.)
© Use transition words as you move from paragraph to paragraph (Firstly, secondly, furthermore, in addition, moreover, finally).
© You can also use any of the transitions from the other essay types
as long as they are appropriate for your argument. (You may want to compare/contrast things, give reasons/results, descriptions,definitions etc.)
© This is also used to support your claim.
© Use the counter arguments to show that your idea is the stronger one.
© Do not focus only on the opposing ideas.