The argument paper should begin with a one- to three-sentence statement of the main thesis. A thesis is an argument concerning an issue. It clearly states the author’s perception. Your paper should present your beliefs or conclusions related to the topic. It should include references from the text or one outside reading assigned by your instructor or both. The paper may also include material from other sources (please see rubric for guidance on this).
A Crash Course on Argument Papers
- Select an issue or dilemma of interest.
- Review the pertinent literature.
- Decide on your perception; take a stance.
- Articulate your perception in a thesis statement.
- Summarize the issues; demonstrate an understanding of the controversy.
- Defend/argue in favor of your perception using all resources available.
- Finish with a strong summary statement that reinforces your thesis.
- Proofread your work; use grammar/spellcheck functions.
- Revise; submit final draft.