Writing to Argue

To write an argumentative piece you must plan. If your plan is effective then you’ll find writing the piece easier. Here is a simple step by step plan of how to write an argument:
1. Introduction- address the audience and say why you are writing
2. Content- State your points and back this up with evidence. You can make up statistics to make your argument seem real. Also mention counter arguments to balance your account.
3. Conclusion- sum up your argument with an effective conclusion keep it short and simple to maintain the audiences attention.

Here are some techniques you can use:
• It's crucial to find some common ground that exists between you - there will always be something worthwhile on which both you and your opponents agree.
• Think hard about the views your opponents hold and why they hold such views - and always recognise and show that they see that this is a fair view to hold (but not the best view… which is your own).
• Be tactful - never show disrespect for another's point of view.
• Sound sincere - give your writing an authentic feel.
• Sound interested, knowledgeable, trustworthy and convincing.
• Logic and reason win arguments - but be passionate about your views
• Avoid sounding superior, condescending or impolite. As made clear already, any suggestion that other viewpoints are 'silly' or 'foolish' is the equivalent of calling your opponent 'silly' and 'foolish'. The result? Lost argument. Lost marks.

Here is what the examiners will look for in a grade A piece of work:
1. shows sustained awareness of the audience
2. arguments are convincingly developed and supported by relevant detail
3. ideas are selected and prioritised to construct a sophisticated argument
4. paragraphs are effectively varied in length and structure
5. a wide range of appropriate, ambitious vocabulary is used

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