The Argumentative Paper is perhaps the most frequent paper you will write as a TMCC student.
Most of us come to an issue with pre-formed conclusions about the issue. This is our emotional intelligence informing us what we should think about the issue. Sometimes emotional intelligence works, but most frequently upon digging deeper into the issue we discover context that we overlooked, but was decisive in decision making.
Researchers and authorities in the field conduct studies that embrace the multiple facets of an issue. If we use the analogy of an iceberg, we only see the top and smallest surface area of the iceberg. Below the surface lies the mass.
The same holds true for an issue and this is why objective, rather than emotional subjective understanding, is important for formulating a cogent argument. To do this one must examine the data, authority, and whole national/international picture associated with the issue, rather than from the single lens of one individual in their unique setting. This requires sweeping aside assumptions and allowing a deep understanding for how research corresponds to decision making.
Here’s what to consider
1. Avoid Pre-formed conclusions about your issue.
2. So, what to do?
3. So, what else to do?
Finally, just select your topic and begin to research it in the various databases:
The elements of an argumentative paper are:
1. Facts, which represent about 75% of the argument
2. Persuasive appeals, which represent no more than 25% of the argument
Primary “Modes of Paragraph Development” (ways to illustrate, explain, prove, or argue):
c. Narration [stories]
e. Comparison and Contrast
f. Facts, Statistics, Authority [experts] testimony
g. Persuasive appeals--“emotional-appealing” language
h. Also, discuss OPPOSING VIEWPOINTS for balanced arguments