Argumentative Essay Organization

Using the above criteria as a basic guideline should allow a writer to find a suitable topic.

This article was co-authored by Christopher Taylor, Ph D.

A manageable topic is one that can be successfully performed within the page requirements of the essay.

Writing about widespread issues such as national or global problems is often unmanageable in just a few pages.

To avoid this, most writers should begin with a basic subject and then try to narrow the subject down to a more appropriate level.

For example, if a writer is passionate about arguing for or against the that was passed by Congress in 2010, it would be wise to narrow this topic.Christopher Taylor is an Adjunct Assistant Professor of English at Austin Community College in Texas.He received his Ph D in English Literature and Medieval Studies from the University of Texas at Austin in 2014.It isn’t possible to argue for or against the entire law (the bill itself is more than 2,000 pages long).It may be possible to argue for or against one portion of the law.A debatable topic is one that has differing viewpoints. Writing about how child abuse has consequences for society is not debatable since no one would disagree with this thesis.On the other hand, debating whether the common punishments for child abusers are effective or not in deterring crime is debatable and can make for an interesting and well-supported essay.Most of us have experience with arguing, but an argumentative essay is quite different than a verbal argument that arises out of the blue.Verbal arguments often become heated and unreasonable, while the goal of an argumentative essay is the opposite: the argument must be specific, reasoned, detailed and supported with a variety of evidence.A researchable topic is one in which the writer can find a variety of credible and current sources.In other words, the writer needs to be able to find a multitude of research performed by qualified individuals to support the overall argument.

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